Coverture: Control Over Gender Term Paper by cee-cee

Coverture: Control Over Gender
A discussion on how coverture delineated the role of men and women in society.
# 109085 | 1,904 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper describes how coverture delineated men's place in society from women's place in society. The paper also explains that coverture was a form of social control over gender, rather than an efficient manner in which to organize society. The paper does show, however, that although coverture was patronizing and discriminatory, women in practice were able to use the doctrine to protect themselves, and even as a tool of social empowerment or revenge against their husbands.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bailey, Joanne. "Favored or Oppressed? Married women, property and 'coverture' inEngland, 1660-1800."Continuity and Change. 17 (3). 2002. 351-372. 5 Nov 2007. <>
  • "Coverture." The Electric Law Library. 2007. 5 Nov 2007.
  • Lewis, Jone Johnson. "Married Women's Property Act: 1848, New York State." 2007. 5 Nov 2007.
  • Lewis, Jone Johnson. "What is Coverture?" 2007. 5 Nov 2007.<>
  • "Up from Coverture." Time Magazine. 20 Mar 1972. 5 Nov 2007.<,9171,942533,00.html>

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