Additional Resources

Books and Articles about Women and the Death Penalty

  • Atwell, Mary W., Wretched Sisters: Examining Gender and Capital Punishment (Peter Lang Press, 2nd ed. 2014)
  • Baker, David V.: “A Descriptive Profile and Socio-Historical Analysis of Female Executions in the United States: 1632-1997,” 10(3) Women and Criminal Justice 57 (1999)
  • The Cornell Center for the Death Penalty Worldwide, Judged for More Than Her Crime: A Global Overview of Women Facing the Death Penalty (September 2018) — This report examines “widespread discriminatory practices in the capital prosecution and detention of women on death row” worldwide, with particular emphasis on the countries of India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malawi, Pakistan, and the United States.
  • Crocker, Phyllis, “Is the Death Penalty Good for Women?,” 4 Buffalo Criminal Law Review 917 (2001) — This article examines gender and race issues in rape-murder death penalty cases.
  • Howarth, Joan W., “Executing White Masculinities: Learning from Karla Faye Tucker,” 81 Oregon Law Review 183 (2002)
  • Rapaport, Elizabeth, “Staying Alive: Executive Clemency, Equal Protection, and the Politics of Gender in Women’s Capital Cases,” 4 Buffalo Criminal Law Review 967 (2001) —;This article considers how clemency decisions are made with regard to women and the extent to which gender issues affect those decisions.
  • Rapaport, Elizabeth, “Equality of the Damned: The Execution of Women on the Cusp of the 21st Century,” 26 Ohio Northern University Law Review 581 (2000)
  • Streib, Victor, The Fairer Death: Executing Women in Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2006)