Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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In 1992, Constance Backhouse’s Petticoats and Prejudice: Women and Law in Nineteenth Century Canada received the Willard Hurst Prize in American Legal History.

Co-published in 1991 with The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, Petticoats and Prejudice explores the legal status of women in nineteenth-century Canada by examining the cases of these and other individual women who were swept up into the legal process as litigants, accused criminals, or witnesses.

The prize was established in 1980 by the Law and Society Association and is named for Hurst who is considered the father of modern American legal history. It is given to the best English-language work in socio-legal history published in the year prior to the award ceremony at the annual meeting.

Constance Backhouse is a Professor of Law and University Research Chair at the University of Ottawa. She teaches in the areas of criminal law, human rights, legal history and women and the law. She is also the co-founder of the Feminist History Society.

Petticoats and Prejudice shares the prize with Nature Incorporated: Industrialization and the Waters of New England by Theodore Steinberg.