Women have yet to achieve full citizenship in the united states and most other western democracies and the equal rights approach is doomed to fall in achieving its stated goal of making women full citizens of the united states joan hoff argues in her new book too little too late changes in the legal status of us women. Justice dept declines to defend some key aca provisions if case goes forward millions risk losing coverage medical groups say. One was to make discussion of womens roles and status respectable and to give womens issues a prominent place on the national political agenda for the first time since ratification of the nineteenth amendment 12 possibly the most divisive issue for the commission however was the problem of how to achieve constitutional equality for women. A womans gender and marital status were the primary determinants of her legal standing in indiana and much of america from 1800 to 1850 by custom and law she did not enjoy all of the rights of citizenship in the legal realm women were decidedly dependent subservient and unequal national and state constitutions included little mention o f . Women may make 77 cents to every mans dollar today but the numbers were much worse years ago when women made as little as 59 cents for every mans dollar back in 1963 think about it weve
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