Category Archives: Feminists in Academia

“Men Explain Things to Me” by Rebecca Solnit

Soraya Chemaly published an interview with Rebecca Solnit here. Below is an excerpt: You know, I had a wonderful conversation about a month ago with a young Ph.D. candidate at U.C. Berkeley. I’ve been a little bit squeamish about the … Continue reading

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For the Judith Butler Fans

An interview entitled “A Very Carefully Crafted F**k You” from 2010. Below is an excerpt: Guernica: The hawkish wing in the “war on terror” has quite effectively claimed the banner of feminism. Is feminism as it has been articulated in … Continue reading

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Patricia Hill Collins, “Lessons from Black Feminism”

Earlier this year, Patricia Hill Collins spoke at Grand Valley State University (Michigan).  Her talk, “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Lessons from Black Feminism,” was sponsored by the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Women’s Center and LGBT Resource … Continue reading

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Online Harassment and Silencing

Over a period of weeks, law professor Nancy Leong posted several short, informal essays about cyber harassment and discrimination. The first post, entitled “Identity and Ideas,” is available here. The second post, “Anonymity and Abuse,” is available here, with a … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Abuse: An Addendum

In recent weeks I have begun a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post, “Identity and Ideas,” is available here.  The second post, “Anonymity and Abuse,” is … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Abuse

This is the second in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post is available here. Last week I wrote about the way that people attack women … Continue reading

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Identity and Ideas

This is the first in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences. Women and people of color are under-represented in online discourse.  As of August 2013, 87% of Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Converge! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS – SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO converge@law.miami.edu DUE DATE: Friday, October 18, 2013 (may be extended) For more conference information see http://www.law.miami.edu/academics/converge/ CONVERGE! Re-imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence, will bring together survivors, activists, and … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Renee Newman Knake as “Legal Rebel”

Renee Newman Knake (Michigan State) is one of the “legal rebels featured in this month’s ABA Journal magazine.  Here is an excerpt from the profile: Two years ago, professional responsibility law professor Renee Newman Knake knew she could no longer … Continue reading

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Examining the Crisis In Legal Education

Paula A. Monopoli, University of Maryland School of Law, has published Gender and the Crisis in Legal Education: Remaking the Academy in Our Image at 2012 Michigan State Law Review 1742. Here is the abstract. American legal education is in … Continue reading

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In Defense of Law Review Affirmative Action

As you may have seen, the new Scholastica submission service allows law reviews to collect demographic information from authors. A flurry of blog posts has recently cropped up in response; as far as I can tell, they range from negative … Continue reading

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Gerda Lerner, Pioneering Feminist and Historian, Dies at 92

NYT obituary here. From the National Women’s History Museum: Gerda Lerner’s accomplishments and contributions to the field of women’s history have been fundamental to its development. Her many works include The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina: Pioneers for Women’s Rights … Continue reading

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“I Am the Woman in Your Department Who Does All the Committee Work.”

… I know you won’t be able to attend the talk by the visiting scholar/groper/stalker you invited to campus, so I’ll happily shell out $60 for a sitter while I try to keep him from getting so drunk he makes … Continue reading

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According to the Inside the Law School Scam blog, “Clearly, the fact that law schools have produced an enormous oversupply of people with law degrees over the course of the last generation has an extremely significant gender component.”

And the alleged oversupply of law students is totally the fault of us dumb broads. NB: If you decide to read the post, it is probably best to avoid the comments, in case that needs pointing out.

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“When Men Are Too Emotional To Have A Rational Argument”

This essay is really good! Below is an excerpt. Women’s Emotions are “Emotions,” Men’s Emotions are “How People Talk” A long time ago, in Bullish: What Egg Donation Taught Me About Being a Dude, I quoted Ben Barres, Chair of … Continue reading

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Getting (Back) into the Writing Groove: Inspiration from Georgia NeSmith

Georgia NeSmith is an independent writer and editor who has a great website over at Matrix Editorial Services (here).  In revving up to return to writing after a few weeks off, I stumbled upon upon her advice for “Writing the … Continue reading

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UNLV’s Boyd School of Law needs a new Dean.

Nancy Rapoport explains why it is a great opportunity here. Or, consider this opening: UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS—WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a faculty position teaching Legal Writing, to begin August 1, 2013.  Responsibilities include teaching in … Continue reading

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“What Is Feminism?” by Jane Smiley

At the Virginia Quarterly Review.

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Academic Men Explain Things To Me

Here.

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“Gender, Implicit Bias, and Philosophical Methodology”

The Journal of Social Philosophy has just published a special issue on “Gender, Implicit Bias, and Philosophical Methodology,” co-edited by Margaret Crouch and Lisa Schwartzman. It’s the September 2012 issue (Vol. 43, Issue 3), and is now available online: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291467-9833 … Continue reading

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Memorial Service for Professor Ann Scales, September 21, 2012

As you may already be aware, Professor Ann Scales of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law passed away on June 24 after a tragic accident in her home.  For more details about Professor Scales, please see her home … Continue reading

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Ann Scales – In Our Thoughts

From Law Week Colorado (here): University of Denver law professor Ann Scales this week was moved to hospice after last week suffering an unknown brain trauma. She was taken off life-support on Friday. “She’s still alive, but they’re not holding … Continue reading

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Women at Yale Law Still Not Quite as Vocal

As here at Pace we prepare for tomorrow’s Faculty Teaching Day, when, under Bridget Crawford’s able leadership, we will explore issues such as enhancing and assessing active learning in the large law school classroom,  this newsflash caught my eye: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/04/24/yale-law-study-finds-gender-imbalance-in-student-participation/ The … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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“Are You My Mentor?” On Giving and Receiving Career Guidance

One of my favorite books as a child was Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman.  It’s part of the “Beginner Books” series that includes the Dr. Seuss titles. Fans will remember the basic storyline: a baby bird hatches while … Continue reading

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Two Perspectives on Feminism and the Legal Academy

Two recently published pieces caught my eye, and might be interesting to read in tandem.  The first is An Inconstant Affair: Feminism and the Legal Academy, by Margaret Thornton (Australian National University).  Here is the abstract: Drawing on the Australian … Continue reading

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“Sister Law Professor”

Check out “Sister Law Professor” here at Sister Scholar. Below is an excerpt: During our first class we explored how we had been taught law. We learned about Langdell’s “case-dialogue” method and the school of thought that coincides with it: … Continue reading

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Great Feminist Law Profs Who Blog

updated 6/24/11 In my remarks at the AALS workshop yesterday on the “Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging,” I didn’t get to shout out to all of the great feminist law profs who blog.  There are many that I know about, … Continue reading

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Blogging Do’s and Don’ts

The panel this morning at the “Women Rethinking Equality” meeting is “Women as Scholars.”  I have been asked to speak about blogging as a venue for scholarly work, and the particular challenges that law professor bloggers may face.  I’ve made … Continue reading

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Women Reproducing Inequality? Plenary Speakers at AALS Meeting

At the AALS Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality, there are 6 plenary sessions. The chart below lists each session’s title, speakers and moderator.  The participant’s home institution is listed next to his or her name.  To the right of the … Continue reading

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Initial Report from AALS 2011 Workshop on “Women Rethinking Equality”

The AALS’s 2011 Workshop on “Women Rethinking Equality” is underway at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.  For a quick look at the conference program, see here. There are 172 people pre-registered for the conference.  The program has two … Continue reading

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U-Mass (Dartmouth) Professor Wins MCAD Ruling On Discrimination; Gets Promotion, Back Pay, Damages

A hearing officer by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) appointed in the case of LuLu Sun v. University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth has ordered the University to promote Professor Sun to the post of full professor and to pay her nearly … Continue reading

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University of the Andes School of Law (Bogotá, Colombia) Gender and Law Research Group

Feminist Law Professors is pleased to welcome to the blogroll five members of the faculty at the University of the Andes School of Law:  Gloria Marcela Abadía Cubillo; Helena Alviar García; Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra; Julieta Lemaitre Ripoll and Paula Torres Holguín.  All are … Continue reading

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First Female Dean at University of the Andes Law School

Earlier this year, Helena Alviar García became the first female dean of the Law School at the University of the Andes in Bogotá (Colombia).  The school’s press release is here. Last month at an International Association of Law Schools Conference on … Continue reading

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What an MIT Feminist Looks Like

    At the MIT Open House on April 30, 2011, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program brought a whole new meaning to campus visibility for feminists: The Women’s and Gender Studies Program set up a professional photobooth where several … Continue reading

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Sarah Weddington Cut from Texas Adjunct Ranks

Sarah Weddington, who represented the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, has been teaching at the University of Texas at Austin since 1988.  She is an adjunct professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and has a salary of $80,899 per year. … Continue reading

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An (Illegal) Feminist Bakesale

Some students at Reed College are planning a “Feminist Bake Sale for Pay Equity.”  Here are the details: The bakesale will charge men and women proportionally, based on the amount of money they earn as published by the 2008 Census … Continue reading

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MIT Releases Third Study On Status Of Women Science and Engineering Faculty

Today, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology releases a report examining the status of women faculty in science and engineering, the third such report since 1999. The upshot: There’s progress, but more needs to be done. The number of women faculty … Continue reading

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Pratt-Clarke on “Critical Race, Feminism, and Education”

Menah Pratt-Clark (Assistant Chancellor and Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) has published a new book with Palgrave Macmillan  Here is the publisher’s description of the book: Critical Race, Feminism, and Education: … Continue reading

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Do Unions Help Women Faculty?

Ann Mari May, Elizabeth Moorhouse, and Jennifer A. Bossard have published Representation of Women Faculty at Public Research Universities: Do Unions Matter? in volume 63 of the Industrial and Labor Relations Review (2010). Here is the abstract. The authors investigate the … Continue reading

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A Network Of One’s Own

Looking for scholars with interests similar to yours? Check out this resource: Collaborative Research Networks. Among its networks are “Collective Human Rights,” “Feminist Legal Theory,” “Gender and Judging,” Gender, Sexuality, and Law,” Integrating Gender Into Legal Education,” International Socio-Legal Feminisms,” … Continue reading

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Festschrift 2.0: Ms. Magazine Blog Celebrates bell hooks

 The Ms. Magazine blog is in the middle of bell hooks week, “a series of essays celebrating the life and works of the extraordinary bell hooks. hooks has made a significant impact on feminism, race theory, education, class politics, the … Continue reading

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Vulnerability, Resilience, and the State: A Feminism and Legal Theory Project Workshop:March 19 – 20, 2010 at Emory

Vulnerability, Resilience, and the State A Feminism and Legal Theory Project Workshop:March 19 – 20, 2010 575 Gambrell Hall Emory University School of Law 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta GA 30322 Friday, March 19, 2010 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm – … Continue reading

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Susan J. Douglas, “Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done”

Described here. An essay by Douglas entitled “Girls Gone Anti-Feminist” that touches on the book’s themes is available here. Below is an excerpt: … Enlightened sexism is a response, deliberate or not, to the perceived threat of a new gender … Continue reading

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Attacking Bias in Law Reviews: Jonathan Gingerich on Blind Review

With all the attention here on the paucity of female authors in the top law reviews, here’s an interesting paper from Jonathan Gingerich calling for blind review as the norm at law reviews: Abstract: A number of studies suggest that … Continue reading

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CFP:”New Voices in Gender Studies”

Call for Papers Announcement AALS Section on Women in Legal Education “New Voices in Gender Studies” 2011 AALS Annual Meeting January 4-8, 2011 San Francisco, California The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education will hold a program during the … Continue reading

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The Feminist Theory Papers at Brown University’s Pembroke Center

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

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“PROPERTY OUTLAWS: How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership” by Eduardo M. Peñalver and Sonia K. Katyal

PROPERTY OUTLAWS: How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership by Eduardo M. Peñalver and Sonia K. Katyal Property Outlaws puts forth the intriguingly counterintuitive proposition that, in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, disobedience … Continue reading

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Nina Power, “One Dimensional Woman”

From here: Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University, and writes the blog Infinite ThØught. She discusses her new book, One-Dimensional Woman ( Zero Books), a critique of the kind of contemporary feminism that poses women … Continue reading

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NWSA Journal Reconfigured as “Feminist Formations”

The National Women’s Studies Association Journal has a “new name, a new look, and a new Web site,” here. -Bridget Crawford

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