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How did women rights regress under napoleon's civil code?
Women's rights did not truly regress under Napoleon. In fact, they improved slightly. For example, women were given more property rights under the Napoleonic code, and divorce was legalized. However, in marriages, husbands still had mostly all the power. Like if a husband committed adultery it was not even grounds for divorce unless he brought the mistress home, but if a wife committed adultery, she could be sent to jail for three months.