Author Archives: Bridget Crawford

Free Candy with Your Tampons, in Texas of all Places!

In Denton, Texas, an indie grocery store owner is offering a free candy bar with the purchase tampons (but oddly, not pads).  The Dallas Morning News reports (here) that store owner Jacob Moses says, “I think the sales tax is … Continue reading

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History of Forced Sterilizations in California: No Justice Yet

Over at governing.com, writer Chris Kardish writes about how different states have approached forced sterilization and compensation for its victims: Forced sterilization by the government sounds like a ghastly practice that ought to be safely locked away in the distant … Continue reading

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Class Actions for Refund of Sales Tax: From Tampons to Tea

Those following the “tampon tax” cases seeking refunds for sales tax paid on menstrual hygiene products may be interested in this story of a suit brought against Walgreens for a refund of tax on non-sugary drinks: A Schaumburg man is … Continue reading

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Northern Kentucky University Hiring Announcement

From colleagues at NKU: NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, SALMON P. CHASE COLLEGE OF LAW, anticipates hiring up to two entry-level or junior lateral, tenure-track, J.D.-credentialed faculty members to begin in the 2018-2019 academic year. JOB DESCRIPTION/QUALIFICATIONS We are seeking stellar candidates … Continue reading

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Pitt Seeks to Hire Tax Prof

From colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh: The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications for a tenure-stream position, beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, to teach courses in the tax area. The successful candidate will become an integral … Continue reading

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Corbin on “Government Employee Religion”

Caroline Mala Corbin (Miami) has posted to SSRN her article, Government Employee Religion, Arizona St. L.J. (forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: Picture a county clerk who refuses to issue a marriage license to an LGBT couple or a city bus … Continue reading

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Israeli Supreme Court Cites Feminist Law Profs in Opinion on Surrogacy

The Israel Supreme Court has cited three feminist law profs in an important decision (here — in Hebrew) regarding the constitutional right to enter into surrogacy agreements under Israeli law.  The scholars cited (in English) are: Gaia Bernstein (Seton Hall), … Continue reading

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Call for Authors – Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Torts Opinions

DEADLINE: Friday August 25, 2017 The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project seeks contributors of judicial opinions rewritten to reflect a feminist perspective, and commentaries on the cases and rewritten opinions, for an edited book collection tentatively titled Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Torts … Continue reading

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England and Wales Family Court Decision: Example of a Feminist Judgment

Earlier this week, Mr. Justice Peter Jackson of the English and Wales Family Division of the High Court handed down a relatively run-of-the-mill custody decision in what I think is an extraordinary format. The decision is written as a signed … Continue reading

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New Book Announcements: Constitutions and Gender

Constitutions and Gender, a new book edited by Helen Irving (University of Sydney) has been published by Edward Elgar Publishing. Here is the publisher’s description: The idea that constitutions are gendered is not new, but its recognition is the product … Continue reading

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Goodmark on “Should Domestic Violence Be Decriminalized?”

Leigh Goodmark (Maryland) has posted to SSRN her article, Should Domestic Violence Be Decriminalized? 40 Harv. J. of L. & Gender 53 (2017).  Here is the abstract: In 1984, the United States started down a path towards the criminalization of … Continue reading

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Meier on “Mapping Gender: Shedding Empirical Light on Family Courts’ Treatment of Cases Involving Abuse and Alienation”

Joan Meier (GW) has posted to SSRN her article, Mapping Gender: Shedding Empirical Light on Family Courts’ Treatment of Cases Involving Abuse and Alienation, 35 Law & Ineq. 311 (2017). Here is the abstract: This article provides an empirical view … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Experiment with Free Tampons

Good news out of Scotland, via the Huffington Post: Scotland has made another great announcement for women’s health: the government will run a pilot program to provide low-income women with free menstrual products. The initiative, announced Tuesday , will run … Continue reading

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Ohio State Hiring Announcement

From colleagues at Ohio State: Clinical Faculty Position The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law Description: The Moritz College of Law invites applications for the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Law in its Entrepreneurial Business Law … Continue reading

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UNLV Hiring Announcement

From colleagues at UNLV: UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS—WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for tenure-track Associate Professors or tenured full Professors of Law. UNLV Law, one of the nation’s leading public law schools, is a community of … Continue reading

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Call for Authors – Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Family Law Opinions

DEADLINE:  FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017 The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project seeks contributors of rewritten judicial opinions and commentaries for an edited collection tentatively titled, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Family Law Opinions.  This edited volume is part of a collaborative project among law professors and … Continue reading

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Ben-Asher on “In the Shadow of a Myth: Bargaining for Same-Sex Divorce

Noa-Ben Asher (Pace) has posted to SSRN her article “In the Shadow of a Myth: Bargaining for Same-Sex Divorce,” forthcoming in 78 Ohio St. L.J. (2017).  Here is the abstract: This Article identifies and offers solutions to an emerging problem … Continue reading

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What We Know (and Don’t Know) About the Tax Code’s Impact on Small Businesses Owned by Women

Caroline Bruckner, an Executive in Residence, Department of Accounting and Taxation at the Kogood School of Business (American University), has published a report entitled Billion Dollar Blind Spot: How the U.S. Tax Code’s Small Business Expenditures Impact Women Business Owners. It … Continue reading

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Introducing the Equality Law Scholars’ Forum & Call for Proposals

From the FLP mailbox, this announcement: In the spirit of academic engagement and mentoring in the area of Equality Law, we (Tristin Green, University of San Francisco; Angela Onwuachi-Willig, UC Berkeley; and Leticia Saucedo, UC Davis) introduce the Equality Law … Continue reading

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Is Ginsburg’s Decision in Sessions v. Morales-Santana Good for Women?

In Sessions v. Morales-Santana, a decision written by Justice Ginsburg, the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional today a federal law that makes it more difficult for U.S. citizen fathers than mothers to transmit citizenship to non-marital child born abroad.  Previously, unmarried … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement: “Gender Equality in Law” by Barbara Havelková

Hart Publishing has just released Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism by Barbara Havelková, the Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at the University of Oxford. Here is the publisher’s description of the book: Gender equality … Continue reading

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CFP – Legal Transitions and the Vulnerable Subject: Fostering Resilience through Law’s Dynamism

From colleagues at Emory: There is a widespread perception that we live in a moment of change that is unprecedented in its scope and pace. Climate change, mass movements of dislocated persons, technological innovation, shifts in recognition of sexual and … Continue reading

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Monash Feminists Now Online

From Australian colleagues at Monash: We’re very excited to announce that the Feminist Legal Studies Group at Monash University in Australia now has a webpage. Our blog on that page is coming soon. You can follow us on Twitter at … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Not in this Issue of “The Tax Lawyer”

According to its website, “The Tax Lawyer and The State and Local Tax Lawyer are published by the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association with the assistance of the Georgetown University Law Center and its students.” Check out … Continue reading

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CFP: ClassCrits at Ten: Mobilizing for Resistance, Solidarity, and Justice, Nov. 10 & 11, 2017, at Tulane University School of Law

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Call for Participation:  ClassCrits at Ten: Mobilizing for Resistance, Solidarity, and Justice, Nov. 10 & 11, 2017, at Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted by Prof. Saru Matambanadzo. The event will … Continue reading

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Law Student Scholarship Opportunity: The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship

The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship Fund was named in memory of the late M. Katherine Baird Darmer, an activist, law professor, and champion of change for the LGBT community in Orange County and beyond. The Fund, which is … Continue reading

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RBG on Women’s Role in Exodus Narrative

In 2015, for the American Jewish World Service’s Chag v’Chesed (“Celebration and Compassion”) series, Justice Ginsburg published a Passover story that highlights the role of women in the Exodus.  Here’s an excerpt: These women had a vision leading out of … Continue reading

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Joshi on “Measuring Diversity”

Yuvraj Joshi, a Fellow at Lambda Legal, has published an essay “Measuring Diversity” in the Columbia Law Review Online. Here is the abstract: In Fisher v. University of Texas in June 2016, the Supreme Court upheld the use of race-conscious … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Blogroll, Monash Colleagues!

Today we welcome to the blogroll ten fabulous feminist colleagues from Monash University, Faculty of Law (located in Melbourne, Australia): Renata Alexander Heli Askola Becky Batagol Rowena Cantley-Smith Melissa Castan Azadeh Dastyari Joanna Kyriakakis Janice Richardson Kate Seer Ronli Sifris … Continue reading

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Announcing Publication of “Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments”

Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges’ Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity has been published by Hart Publishing.  The volume is edited by Máiréad Enright, Julie McCandless and Aoife O’Donoghue.  Here is the publisher’s description of the book: The Northern/Irish Feminist … Continue reading

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On International Women’s Day, Advocacy Groups Launch “Full Citizenship Project for Law Faculty”

From national colleagues at the Legal Writing Institute and Association of Legal Writing Directors, this press release: Professional associations unite to support full institutional citizenship—an effort to correct gender and related disparities among law faculty The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) … Continue reading

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Inniss from Cleveland-Marshall to SMU Dedman School of Law

In Fall 2017 Lolita Buckner Inniss will move from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University to SMU Dedman School of Law. She will teach Property Law and Critical Race Theory. Good news for SMU!

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Vermont Law Seeks Earthjustice Clinical Professor

From colleagues at Vermont, this notice of a clinical opening: Job Description: The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) at Vermont Law School and Earthjustice are partnering to expand our environmental justice capacity through the creation of a new … Continue reading

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Washington State Considering Repeal of Tampon Tax OR Having Women Pay for DV Services

From the Vancouver (WA) Columbian: Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, is hoping Senate Bill 5093 will exempt feminine hygiene products from retail and use tax. As she pointed out to the Senate Ways & Means Committee last week, they are medically … Continue reading

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Interview with Dana Brooks Cooper, Florida Attorney Challenging the “Tampon Tax”

Earlier this year, Bridget J. Crawford spoke with Dana Brooks Cooper, Esq. of Barret, Fasig & Brooks in Tallahassee, Florida.  Ms. Brooks is representing the plaintiff in a class action that challenges the Florida “tampon tax,” the state sales tax … Continue reading

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Interview with Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, New York Attorney and Menstrual Equity Advocate

Bridget J. Crawford recently spoke with Jennifer Weiss-Wolf of Period Equity, a non-profit organization located in New York City focused on all aspects of menstrual fairness. Ms. Weiss-Wolf is a self-described “writer, activist, feminist.” She is an advocate and frequent … Continue reading

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District of Columbia Repeals Its Tampon Tax; Is Texas Next?

The District of Columbia is slated to end its tampons on feminine hygiene products, as well as diapers, in October, 2017: The nation’s capital is joining the movement to lift the sales taxes on diapers, tampons and other feminine hygiene … Continue reading

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Period Stigmas, the Tampon Tax and Social Justice

Cosmopolitan magazine continues its coverage of the menstrual equity movement: In the last year alone, the American Medical Association weighed in against tampon taxes. Jessica Williams railed against them on The Daily Show. And Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui made a … Continue reading

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Interview with Laura Strausfeld, New York Attorney Challenging the “Tampon Tax”

Bridget J. Crawford recently spoke with Laura Strausfeld of Period Equity, a non-profit organization located in New York City focused on all aspects of menstrual fairness. Ms. Strausfeld developed a key legal strategy used in the New York case that … Continue reading

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Conn College Joins the Free Tampon Movement

From Connecticut College’s The College Voice: On Nov. 2, students and administrators gathered in the lobby of Cro to celebrate the launch of free menstrual health products in select bathrooms on campus. The pilot program, spearheaded by Emma Horst-Martz ’18, … Continue reading

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Free Tampons and Pads Coming to NYU

Via the Washington Square News (here), the student newspaper at New York University: Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Marc Wais said that the university decided to convene a working group of students and staff to propose a pilot program … Continue reading

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Hiring Announcement: Concordia

From colleagues at Concordia: Background: Concordia University School of Law, located in Boise, Idaho, invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.  Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and … Continue reading

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What Happened When One NYC Pharmacy Charged Men More

Thompson Chemists in the Soho neighborhood of New York City got some attention this week when it posted signs saying “All female customers shop tax free” and “All male customers subject to a 7% man tax.” Here’s some press coverage … Continue reading

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Zurich Tampon Tax Protesters Turn Fountains Red

Earlier this week, members of Aktivistin.ch, a feminist collective in Zurich, Switzerland, ooured food dye into various public fountains in order to protest the tampon tax. Here’s an excerpt from English-language press in Switzerland: Spokeswoman Carmen Schoder said the #happytobleed … Continue reading

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Spotlight on UDC Legislation Clinic Students’ Advocacy for #TamponTax Repeal

I mentioned here that students in the Legislation Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law were among those testifying on behalf of the proposed legislation repealing D.C. tax on diapers and menstrual … Continue reading

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D.C. Considering Repeal of the Tampon Tax

The Council of the District of Columbia’s Finance and Revenue Committee held hearings earlier this week on B21-696, the “Feminine Hygiene and Diapers Sales Tax Exemption Amendment Act of 2016.” Students in the Legislation Clinic at the University of the … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement: Lifetime Disadvantage, Discrimination and the Gendered Workforce

Cambridge University Press has published a new book by Susan Bisom-Rapp (Thomas Jefferson) and Malcolm Sargeant (Middlesex University, UK), Lifetime Disadvantage, Discrimination and the Gendered Workforce.  Here is the publisher’s description: Lifetime Disadvantage, Discrimination and the Gendered Workforce fills a … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Challenging Improper Sales Tax on Toilet Paper

A New Jersey couple has filed a class action lawsuit against retailer Costco for improperly charging sales tax on toilet paper, when the state law specifically exempts toilet paper from the tax.  See the CNBC story here. This case is … Continue reading

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Chemerinsky on the Tampon Tax

Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine) published a column in last week’s Los Angeles Daily News.  Here is an excerpt: If the government were to say that only men or only women had to pay an additional tax of several hundred dollars … Continue reading

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Lipman on Anti-Poverty Relief Delivered Through the Tax Code

Francine Lipman (UNLV) blogs here at the Surly Subgroup about newly-released national and state poverty statistics. The post is a short and clear explanation of how significant anti-poverty relief is delivered through the tax code to millions of people, including … Continue reading

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