"Gendered Citizenship is a must-read for history lovers, policy wonks, women's rights activists, and anyone else interested in how the U.S. government can support gender equality."—Rebecca Brenner Graham, Society for U.S. Intellectual History
“Like the sun peeking through the clouds, Rebecca DeWolf’s groundbreaking book clears the fog that has long surrounded the Equal Rights Amendment. . . . Anyone who wants to understand why the ERA is not yet law would be well advised to read this book.”—Johanna Neuman, author of Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote
“By tracing the origins of the ERA from the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to 1963, DeWolf offers a deep legal and judicial review of the debate around what constitutes equality under the law and the very nature of citizenship.”—Page Harrington, former executive director of the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
“Rebecca DeWolf has brought us a meticulously researched and vividly detailed account of the original ERA conflict that provides readers with rich context to trace how the arguments against gender equality of nearly a century ago continue to shape our cultural attitudes about the role and duties of women in the domestic sphere today.”—Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University
“Rebecca DeWolf has given us a book we desperately need—perhaps now more than ever. In Gendered Citizenship DeWolf peels back the layers of conflict surrounding the Equal Rights Amendment . . . to the core question regarding the true scope of American citizenship that arose in the wake of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment securing women’s suffrage in 1920.”—Angie Maxwell, author of The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics
“DeWolf’s thoughtful analysis of the forty-year struggle [between the ERA’s advocates and its foes] reveals that their disagreements were primarily ideological, not political. . . . This is a deep dive into the enduring constitutional struggle over the meaning of citizenship, a story that DeWolf tells with deep understanding and critical insight.”—Candice Shy Hooper, author of Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War—For Better and For Worse
“Gendered Citizenship impressively chronicles the competing ideologies—protectionism and emancipationism—present in the early fight for the ERA, showing us that how we understand gender regardless of political party has been foundational to the fight for women’s legal equality. DeWolf reveals how changing societal beliefs about sex and gender in the first half of the twentieth century influenced support for or backlash against the ERA. . . . Readers should consider Gendered Citizenship essential reading for crafting a twenty-first-century legal playbook that counters biological determinism and champions true legal gender equity!”—Shannon Weber, author of Feminism in Minutes and Activists Assemble: We are all Equal!