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Married Women and Property Law in Victorian Ontario

by Lori Chambers

  • ISBN: 9780802078391
  • ISBN10: 0802078397

Married Women and Property Law in Victorian Ontario

by Lori Chambers

  • List Price: $25.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 2
  • Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780802078391
  • ISBN10: 0802078397
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Description: Until This Century, Married Women Had No Legal Right To Hold, Use, or dispose of property. Since the ownership of property is a critical measure of social status, the Married Women's Property Acts of the nineteenth-century were important landmarks in the legal emancipation of women.

Reform campaigns represented the first organized attempt by women in Upper Canada to challenge their societal status. Ironically, emancipation was not the first goal of reformers: their demands reflected a concern with protection from economic instability. The Acts granting women new rights and privileges were designed to force men to behave more responsibly and to mitigate the worst hardships imposed on wives by negligent husbands. This emphasis has had on-going implications for women in the twentieth century.

This is a meticulously researched and revisionist study of a significant topic that has received little attention from Canadian historians.

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