This article, by Elaine F. Crane of Fordham University, examines gender inequities in 17th century Rhode Island and how women sometimes circumvented the legal system to enhance their roles in society. It outlines the most basic provisions of the impact of common law on women and explains how women “skirted” the gendered inequities of that tradition. Crane’s conclusions apply not only to Rhode Island, but to the entire region of New England.
Crane, Elaine F.
"Skirting the Law: Women and the Legal System in Early Rhode Island,"
Newport History: Vol. 67:
233, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol67/iss233/2