Feminism, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England, 1850-1895
Mary Lyndon Shanley


Bridging the fields of political theory and history, this comprehensive study of Victorian reforms in marriage law reshapes our understanding of the feminist movement of that period. As Mary Shanley shows, Victorian feminists argued that justice for women would not follow from public rights alone, but required a fundamental transformation of the marriage relationship.

Mary Lyndon Shanley is Margaret Stiles Halleck Professor of Social Science at Vassar College.