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A short history of women´s rights
Eugene A. Hecker
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While making some researches in the evolution of women's
rights, I was
impressed by the fact that no one had ever, as far as I
attempted to give a succinct account of the matter for
nations. Indeed, I do not believe that any writer in any
essayed such a task except Laboulaye; and his
_Recherches sur la
Condition Civile et Politique des Femmes_, published in
much to be desired to one who is interested in the
I have, therefore, made an effort to fill a lack. This
purpose has been
strengthened as I have reflected on the great amount of
information which is absorbed by those who have no time
investigations for themselves. Accordingly, in order to
accurate historical review, I have cited my authorities
statements regarding which any question could be raised.
particularly so in the chapters which deal with the
condition of women
under Roman Law, under the early Christian Church, and
under Canon Law.
In all these instances I have gone directly to primary
investigated them myself, and have admitted no
secondhand evidence. In
connection with Women's rights in England and in the
United States I
have either consulted the statutes or studied the
jurists, like Messrs. Pollock and Maitland, whose
authority cannot be
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