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August 31, 1901

PECUNIARY VALUE OF A WOMAN'S LIFE.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(9):584. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470350040009

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Abstract

Coming down to the question of a woman's relative worth in dollars and cents as compared to that of man's, the courts seem to give man the best of it. In our Medicolegal Department this week is recorded the decision of two state Supreme Courts which put a woman down as being worth but one-half as much as a man, by inference at least. It is generally accepted in all courts that a man's life is worth $5,000 at least, and this amount is usually given in a verdict for damages in case of death. But a court in Maine rendered a verdict of $3,500 in a case in which a woman's life was sacrificed, and the Supreme Court cut it down to $2,500. Likewise in New Jersey, the Supreme Court reduced a $5,000 verdict to $2,500. Hence, we presume a woman is hereafter to be considered worth $2,500, while

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