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Head and Master Law (1978)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1978-06-09

Duration: 00:08:16

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 1978 | Louisiana. Legislature | Politics | LEGISLATION | Head and Master Laws | Community property | Marriage | Women's rights | Martin, Selina


  • George, Beth Host
  • Martin, Selina Speaker
  • Simoneaux, Frank Speaker
  • Davenport, Ann Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Reeves, Jean Interviewee


This segment from the June 9, 1978, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an In-Depth report on Louisiana’s “Head and Master” law, which defines the husband as the head and master of a household and, therefore, in control of a couple’s property. This report includes the case of Selina Martin, a woman who is challenging the constitutionality of the law before the United States Supreme Court. It also features the legislative committee hearings on a proposed bill that would allow for the equal management of community property in a marriage. Host: Beth George