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Constance Backhouse is Distinguished Professor and Research Chair in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and co-founder of the Feminist History Society. Her 1991 publication, Petticoats and Prejudice: Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada, was co-published by Women’s Press and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, was awarded the Willard Hurst Prize in American Legal History by the Law and Society Association. More recently, she published Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900–1950 (University of Ottawa Press, 2010) and has won numerous awards for her work including the Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize (2009), the Ramon Hnatyshyn Award for Law for her outstanding contribution to legal scholarship in Canada (2006), the Joseph Brant Award (2002), and the President’s Award (Women and the Law Association of Ontario, 2001). Backhouse has been honored as a Trudeau Fellow, served as the President of the American Society for Legal History, and was elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. In 2004 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; in 2008 she was named to the Order of Canada; and in 2010 she was named to the Order of Ontario as well as elected Secretary, Academy II, Division I of the Royal Society of Canada.


  • May 1991
  • 9780889611610
  • $62.95 Print

Petticoats and Prejudice

Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada
Constance Backhouse
  • February 2015
  • 9780889615229
  • $63.95 Print
  • $58.95 Digital

Petticoats and Prejudice - Women's Press Classics

Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada
Constance Backhouse