Suffrage, Protective Labor Legislation, and Married Women's Property Laws in England

  title={Suffrage, Protective Labor Legislation, and Married Women's Property Laws in England},
  author={Mary Lyndon Shanley},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={62 - 77}
  • M. Shanley
  • Published 1 October 1986
  • Political Science
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
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