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WOMEN, persons. In its most enlarged sense, this word signifies all the females of the human species; but in a more restricted sense, it means all such females who have arrived at the age of puberty. Mulieris appellatione etiam virgo viri potens continetur. Dig. 50, 16, 13.
     2. Women are either single or married. 1. Single or unmarried women have all the civil rights of men; they may therefore enter into contracts or engagements; sue and be sued; be trustees or guardians, they may be witnesses, and may for that purpose attest all papers; but they are generally, not possessed of any political power; hence they cannot be elected representatives of the people, nor be appointed to the offices of judge, attorney at law, sheriff, constable, or any other office, unless expressly authorized by law; instances occur of their being appointed postmistresses nor can they vote at any election. Woodes. Lect. 31; 4 Inst. 5; but see Callis, Sew. 252; 2 Inst 34; 4 Inst. 311, marg.
     3.-2. The existence of a married woman being merged, by a fiction of law, in the being of her husband, she is rendered incapable, during the coverture, of entering into any contract, or of suing or being sued, except she be joined with her husband; and she labors under all the incapacities above mentioned, to which single women are subject. Vide Abortion; Contract; Divorce; Feminine; Foetus; Gender; Incapacity; Man; Marriage; Masculine; Mother; Necessaries; Parties to Actions Parties to Contracts; Pregnancy; Wife.

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The equation will be as different for every woman as her mission is different from that of any other," she says.
In fact, there had never been more than two women senators at any one time, and Barbara Mikulski was the only Democratic woman senator ever elected in her own right (in that she was not filling the seat of her deceased husband).
When Leginska began conducting, she wore a tuxedo and kept her back to the audience in an effort to de-emphasize her gender and focus the audience's attention on the performance, but in light of her personal life, critics saw her instead as the personification of feminism and the "new woman.
That men are more likely to think and act in some ways and women in others, and that every man or woman should be treated as an individual, are two ideas we ought to be able to hold at the same time.
His discourse, teeming also with biblical wording and references and disparaging epithets on "what she has done" (to return to Mark 14:9) and "told in memory of her," was indeed written, just as Pizan had previously defined the discourse of misogyny, "d'une meme voix pour conclure que la femme est foncierement mauvaise et portee au vice" ("with the same voice proclaiming that woman is evil by nature and prone to vice").
As we have seen, tromos - "trembling" - is used earlier by Mark to describe the awed faith of the woman healed of her twelve-year hemorrhage (5:33); it is coupled there with fobethisa - a pairing which is customary in the Septuagint to express the kind of dread one has before a superior being.
The harassment was verbal: The union official repeatedly made remarks implying that the victim, because she was a woman, could not do her job.
Wells's Southern Horrors, Harper's Iola Leroy, and Anna Julia Cooper's A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South.
Today some of the more conservative Muslim republics will not authorize a passport for a woman without her father's or husband's permission; it is worth recalling that the conservative case of Saudi Arabia has its injunctions regarding women directed by the revivalist Wahabist tradition.
When one woman deacon with strong feelings suggested that I just write about women deacons and stop using the derogatory term deaconesses, I had to inform her that deaconesses dominated the Baptist terrain far longer than women deacons.
Regardless of whether women were symptomatic, the likelihood of testing was elevated if the visit was for preventive care, if the woman was nonwhite and if the woman was younger than 25.
Led by Bachchni Devi, a woman who had organized movements to protect the forest from logging 30 years before, the group now faced a tougher challenge; the Power Grid Corporation of India.