[LMB] OT: Women's status in old British law

Michael R N Dolbear m.dolbear at lineone.net
Mon Apr 17 19:45:27 BST 2006


> From: Irene DELSE <irenedelse at neuf.fr>
> Date: 17 April 2006 18:04
> 
> Eric Oppen a écrit :
> > It is not widely known, but women had some serious advantages in 
> > British law up till (I think) the latter part of the nineteenth 
> > century.  A married woman could be caught in the act of committing a 
> > crime, and _she_ wouldn't be punished; her _husband_ would be.  The 
> > law assumed that she was acting with his knowledge and under his
orders.
> >
> 
> Interesting. So this is part of what was meant by women being legal
minors.

'minor' may have be true for Scots law and some US states but 'special
legal status' for married women is the only reasonably accurate statement
of English law.

Little Egret


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