Gender laws

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Historically, many laws have been in place that treat people differently based on their gender.


Coverture[edit | edit source]

Before the 1850s, coverture was widely accepted in the United States. Under the doctrine of coverture, a woman has no legal rights until she marries. Once married, her legal rights such as the right to vote will be represented by her husband. The adoption of the 19th Amendment in 1920 has made coverture completely obsolete in the US.