This book explores a fascinating subject; the relationship between women's rights under family law and their overall status. Since it regulates marriage, inheritance, and reproduction, family law makes the personal political. This text examines changes in family law that occurred between 1980 and 1995 in sixty-four different nations. It illustrates how public policies that relate to everyday life affect women. Because this text integrates gender politics and policy analysis, students in women's studies and in public policy courses will find it valuable.