Category Archives: Feminist Legal History
Adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is the foundational text for the July Fourth "Independence Day" national holiday in the United States. Among the discussions of the document this year, two stand out. … Continue reading
Lynne Olson, a former reporter, is the author of Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour (Random House 2010). Browsing my local bookstore today — Juneteenth — it was her 2002 book, Freedom’s Daughters: … Continue reading
The New York Times published Lolita Buckner Inniss’s letter to the editor in response to Henry Louis Gates’s April 23, 2010 op-ed, “Ending the Slavery Blame-Game.” Professor Inniss writes: To the Editor: As Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. points out, … Continue reading
Yofi Tirosh, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, has published A Name of One’s Own: Gender and Symbolic Legal Personhood in the European Court of Human Rights, in volume 33 of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (2010). Here … Continue reading
It’s not impossible. The Texas Supreme Court is a testament to the possibility. It happened eighty-five years ago, if only for a single case. In 1925, the Texas Governor appointed three women to fill all the positions … Continue reading
Mark Egerman (Staff Counsel, National Abortion Federation) has posted to SSRN his working paper, “Avoiding Confrontation,” a a feminist critique of evidence law. Here is a portion of the abstract: This article takes seriously Justice Scalia’s facetious aside in Giles … Continue reading
From the official website: The Feminist Theory Papers is an exceptional archival collection representing scholars who have transformed their disciplines and the intellectual landscape of universities in the United States and internationally. This focused and coherent manuscript collection is indispensable … Continue reading
Historiann has a review here. Interview with Jennifer Baszile (including readings from the book) here: –Ann Bartow
There are some nice teaching resources for African-American history at AfroAmericanHeritage.com. Many of the materials are geared more for primary and secondary school students, but there are some especially nice posters that would make for good law school classroom … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox, this notice of research fellowships at the Massachusetts Historical Society: The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer about 30 research fellowships for the academic year 2010-2011, including at least two long-term research fellowships made possible by the … Continue reading
Later this month, the documentary film “The Jazz Baroness” will air on cable TV. The film was made by the English artist (and member of the Rothschild banking family) Hannah Rothschild. The “Jazz Baroness” explores the life of Kathleen Annie … Continue reading
Gary L. Lemons (English, Univ. of South Florida) has published his new book, Womanist Forefathers: Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois, with SUNY Press. Professor Lemons traces the origins of contemporary African-American male feminist thought to the “pro-womanist” stances of … Continue reading
From this site: …[R]adical feminist scholar Sheila Jeffreys talks about the influence of Kate Millett on the course of feminist thinking, most particularly through her book Sexual Politics (1970). Jeffreys gives a summary of the key ideas of Millett’s work … Continue reading
Women were more qualified to to go into space than men. Having the wrong gonads kept them grounded. This Wired.com article reports: … In the late 1950s, the United States government contemplated training women as astronauts, and newly released medical … Continue reading
Check out this post at Tennessee Guerilla Women, which notes: “In the 1970s, First Lady Betty Ford advocated the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), was openly pro choice and proudly told the world that she was a feminist.” … Continue reading
A few weeks ago I read a piece by Caitlin Flanagan in the September issue of The Atlantic, entitled: Sex and the Married Man. Like about everything Flanagan writes it was awful, full of lurid and venemous speculation about the … Continue reading
In the New Yorker – read it here.
Vitaphone newsreel from 1930. In this footage Sullivan and Keller demonstrate how Helen Keller learned to talk.
A lot gets written and said about Margaret Sanger. This NYU archive provides readers with access to her actual words. It also offers rebuttals to mischaracterizations of her views, and other information about Sanger and her work. –Ann Bartow
Women have always outnumbered men in college;”Womyn”and”waitperson”have always been in the dictionary.
Those are two excerpts from The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2013.
“Woman Suffrage in Iowa: 90 Years After the ‘Winning Plan’” is a current exhibition at Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The image of the poster at left, featured in the Blanden exhibit, derives from an original painting … Continue reading
To mark the July 4 holiday, I’m reading a book by Francesca Morgan (History, Northeastern Illinois University). In Women and Patriotism in Jim Crow America (UNC Press 2005), Morgan details the activities of these women’s volunteer organizations founded after the … Continue reading
Liane Curtis asked me to post this for her; she can be contacted at email@example.com Article: The Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz Hello, Some years ago, I worked with a student in translating a 1996 article by Gabrielle Knapp from German … Continue reading
Whoa. The New York Times reports here on the contents of the Nixon-Whitehouse tapes released yesterday by the National Archives. One recording (audio file here) captured Nixon’s reflections on Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973, the day the Supreme … Continue reading
OutHistory.org, is a website produced by produced by The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), located at the City University of New York Graduate Center. All of the content is provided by volunteers. A new on-line exhibit (here) … Continue reading
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: The Role of the “Child Care Exception” in the Development of the Right of Women to Serve as Jurors
In its recent opinion in State v. Schmeiderer, 2009 WL 961787 (Tenn.Crim.App. 2009), the Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee rejected a convicted murder’s appeal, in which he had claimed, inter alia, that “the trial court systematically excluded women from … Continue reading
Today is the birthday of Gail Laughlin (1868-1952), an 1898 graduate of Cornell Law School. She served in the Maine House (1927-1934) and the Maine Senate (1937-1941). She was an early advocate for woman suffrage and for the prevention … Continue reading
From the Feminist Daily News Wire: Michelle Obama unveiled a bust of Sojourner Truth, known for her abolitionist and women’s rights work, at the US Capitol yesterday. Truth’s statue is the first of an African-American woman in the Capitol. The … Continue reading
Great historical post by this title here, at the New Agenda.
Luckily, Historiann did not.
From the NYT list of winners: HISTORY:”The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,”by Annette Gordon-Reed: A painstaking exploration of a sprawling multi-generation slave family that casts provocative new light on the relationship between Sally Hemings and her master, Thomas Jefferson.” … Continue reading
The United States Postal Service seems to understand — in a way that the Michigan Law Review doesn’t (see here) — that gender balance is important. In choosing “Civil Rights Pioneers” to honor in its commemorative stamp series above, the … Continue reading
This one is going to be controversial: “Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity, and the ACLU” by Wendy Kaminer
Product Description What happens when an organization with the express goal of defending individual rights and liberties starts silencing its own board? Lawyer and social critic Wendy Kaminer has intimate knowledge of such a conflict between individual conscience and group … Continue reading
That’s the name of this post at What Tami Said, a blog I like a lot. Tami is a talented writer and her posts are always interesting. Here’s a short except from “Jaded“: Women’s equality, I think, is best achieved–not … Continue reading
Did you know that each year the National Women’s History Project establishes a theme for Women’s History month? I didn’t. This year’s theme is “Women taking the lead to save our planet.” I don’t know if it is me, … Continue reading
From the National Council for Research on Women, a “learning and organizing guide” to accompany Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom’s edited volume, Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off … Continue reading
Via The New Agenda blog
I Don’t Give a Damn Bout My Bad Reputation: Julia Simon-Kerr’s “Unchaste and Incredible” and the Development of the Character Evidence Rules
In the American court system, when judges allow attorneys to attack the character of witnesses, they generally allow them to do so only through reputation and opinion testimony. Federal Rule of Evidence 405(a) provides that: In all cases in which … Continue reading
Cool post from an even cooler blogger: Historiann! Oh and while you are over there, also check out A Tale of Two Senators.
Larger version here. Via.
Haven’t read this book but it looks interesting. From the publisher: “Radical Sisters” is a fresh exploration of the ways that 1960s political movements shaped local, grassroots feminism in Washington, D.C. Rejecting notions of a universal sisterhood, Anne M. Valk … Continue reading
“Letter from Women’s Historians to President Elect Obama” asking for gender equity in the proposed economic stimulus package.
Friends and colleagues, Attached is a letter to President-elect Obama making a historical case for more attention to gender equity in the proposed stimulus package. It is based on a draft circulated by Linda Gordon with input from several others. … Continue reading
From Feminist Law Prof Suzanne Kim (Rutgers-Newark), this notice of an upcoming conference: Rutgers School of Law-Newark is pleased to be celebrating its centennial this year. To honor the law school’s tradition of contributing to social justice, we are … Continue reading
“Girls Beware”, the girl-oriented companion film to the unbelievably homphobic anti-gay propaganda film “Boys Beware”, similarly informed 1950s era viewers about the grave risks posed to teenagers by men. Wasn’t produced by feminists, that’s for sure! –Ann Bartow
Malcolm M. Feeley and Hadar Aviram, “Where Have All the Women Gone? The Decline of Women in the Criminal Justice Process”
Abstract: This project sets out to refute the common criminological assumption that women have always constituted a negligible percentage of those subjected to the criminal justice process. Using a variety of primary and secondary datasets drawn from dozens of European … Continue reading