Women at Law in Early Colonial Maryland

Women at Law in Early Colonial Maryland
Monica C. Witkowski
June 2012

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-513-8 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / x, 230 pages

Price   $70.00


The settlers in early colonial Maryland had to form a new legal system while remaining in-sync with the contemporary laws of England. This book looks at how one group of settlers, women, negotiated their place in society via this new legal system. Drawing on the work of Lois Green Carr and Lorena Walsh, this book begins with an understanding that women had more rights in the earliest years of the colony than they did in mother England. They used this status, along with a changing legal system, to establish a place for themselves in the new society. How they did this is at the heart of this book.

About the Author

Witkowski is dedicated to studying and teaching colonial American history. She currently teaches a variety of historical topics at schools in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2010 she received her Ph.D. in history from Marquette University. She has focused her studies on questions surrounding women and the legal culture in early America.