Category Archives: Feminists in Academia

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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New study concludes having women at the top of institutions is crucial to increasing the number of women among the junior faculty ranks.

From Inside Higher Ed: Does having a woman in the top job (or the No. 2 slot) make a difference? When it comes to faculty hiring, the answer appears to be Yes. And having a critical mass of women on … Continue reading

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On Virginity and Hymens

From this website: Time for more accurate terminology: Hymen renamed”vaginal corona” The mythical status of the hymen has caused far too much harm for far too long. Last spring, RFSU published an information booklet in Swedish intended to dispel some … Continue reading

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“Criminologist helped get sex slave out of prison”

From this article: … [Maria] Suarez’s horrifying experience : imprisoned from the age of 16 for five years in the home of a 67-year-old Azusa man who repeatedly raped her : reveals how she slipped through several cracks. It also … Continue reading

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“Catharine MacKinnon and law as courage, emotion, and social change”

From the Harvard Law Record: When Catharine MacKinnon said goodbye to us at the end of her Sex Equality class on Wednesday October 28, she choked up, and we all choked up with her. The emotion was evident in her … Continue reading

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“I get knocked down: Women publishing law review notes”

Rebecca Tushnet writes: I read an interesting article in the Journal of Legal Education (unfortunately not online) about the underrepresentation, relative to law school enrollment and law review participation, of women publishing notes on the main journals of the top … Continue reading

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Contact the AALS About Restoring Child Care Services During the Annual Meeting.

If you’re a law professor with young children, you’ve probably noticed that AALS has discontinued the previous practice of offering child care services to members attending the annual meeting, due to low enrollment in the past. Our understanding is that … Continue reading

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Ruth O’Brien (editor),”TELLING STORIES OUT OF COURT: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination”

Professor Ruth O’Brien teaches in the Political Science department at the Graduate Center of CUNY. Her new book about women and workplace discrimination uses both legal commentary and ‘story-telling’ methods to explore sexism and discrimination at work. From the publisher’s … Continue reading

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Sheila Jeffreys on Kate Millett

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

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“By watering down the content of what used to be Women’s Studies, students are no longer inspired by feminism and by the prospect of feminist activism and research.”

That is a sentence from this essay, excerpted below: … There have been two competing forces in the theorising of Women’s Studies since its inception. On the one hand there are those who wish to ‘transform the curriculum’ and incorporate … Continue reading

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CFP: The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Third Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference.

This year’s theme is: Applied Feminism and Marginalized Communities. For more information about the conference, please visit our website. This conference seeks to explore the following questions: What do we mean by”marginalized communities”and what purposes does that designation serve? How … Continue reading

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USC Law Prof Elyn Saks Won a MacArthur Foundation Award

Mary Dudziak has the details.

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CFP: Feminist Law Teachers Conference, Saturday, Nov. 21 at Temple Law School

The 17th Annual Conference of The Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia Feminist Law Teachers will take place on Saturday, November 21st at Temple University Law School from approximately 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM. The Conference has always been … Continue reading

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First names and judicial destiny for women, at least in South Carolina…

From the ABA Journal: Women lawyers with masculine-sounding first names have better odds of becoming a judge than their counterparts with feminine names, at least in South Carolina, according to a study by two economics researchers. The study finds that … Continue reading

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Deborah L. Rhode, The Injustice of Appearance

INTRODUCTION “It hurts to be beautiful”is a cliché I grew up with.”It hurts not to be beautiful”is a truth I acquired on my own. But not until finishing the research that led to this Article did I begin to grasp … Continue reading

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Dan Kahan, “Culture, Cognition, and Consent: Who Perceives What, and Why, in ‘Acquaintance Rape’ Cases” – A Request for Input

Prof. Dan Kahan has written a paper that reports the results of an experimental study of perceptions of consent and other facts in a hypothetical date rape case (patterned closely on Commonwealth v. Berkowitz [court stated that the legislature intended … Continue reading

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CFP: Conference on”Violence and Vulnerability”

CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on”Violence and Vulnerability” Emory University, Atlanta Georgia – November 12-14, 2009 “Violence against women both violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedoms… In all societies, to a … Continue reading

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Lani Guinier and Susan Sturm, “Trial by Firefighters”

From the NYT: STANDING on the steps of the federal courthouse in New Haven, the lawyer Karen Torre reveled in her clients’ victory in a recent case before the Supreme Court. She anointed her clients : the white firefighters who … Continue reading

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Women are under-represented in clinical cancer research published in high-impact journals, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Citation and Abstract: Under-representation of women in high-impact published clinical cancer research Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil 1 *, Amy R. Motomura, BSE 1, Sudha Amarnath, BS 2, Aleksandra Jankovic, MS 3, Nathan Sheets, BS 2, Peter A. Ubel, MD 3 … Continue reading

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Audacious Man

At the University of Baltimore’s second annual  Feminist Legal Theory conference in March 2009, Mae Quinn, Jennifer Hendricks and Karla McKanders did a fantastic workshop on creating space for feminist scholarship.  They encouraged all of us to be audacious (in … Continue reading

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“What Gender is Trusts and Estates?”

Al Brophy asks that question here.

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Don’t Let a Magazine Help You Pick a College

I received a mass marketing email captioned, “Let Ms. help you pick a college.”  Here’s a portion of the text: Dear feminist activist, Picking a college? Or have a sister, friend, daughter or granddaughter who is? To help you make … Continue reading

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On the Underrepresentation of Women In Elite Law Reviews

Thank you for noticing that women are grossly underrepresented among authors who publish in elite law reviews. You simply checked out the tables of contents. What accounts for the shortfall? I’m amazed by the pretzel-like knots that people : liberals, … Continue reading

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Marilyn French has died.

Feminist author Marilyn French died yesterday. NYT obituary here. From the Telegraph (U.K.): … Marilyn French was born on November 21 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, the elder of two daughters of an engineer. Her mother, a clerk in a … Continue reading

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Where are the women? Another post about gender disparities at elite law journals.

In disciplines outside law, faculty appointments and promotions (including tenure) are not in the hands of student journal editors. Of course, they do not depend entirely on student-editors in law either – but they do in part. Coming from Canada … Continue reading

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No Men’s Studies Required

A lawyer attempted to force the creation of a men’s studies department based on the existence of the women’s studies department.   Both judges who had the case before them denied the claims.    So women’s studies departments are safe, … Continue reading

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“Guns, threats, space, and gender”

Compelling post by Historiann, which begins: Inside Higher Ed featured a story yesterday  about universities that allow students to bring their guns to campus if they have concealed-carry permits, and states like Texas and Missouri where oh-so-brave state legistlators are … Continue reading

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What the United States Postal Service Understands that Michigan Law Review Doesn’t

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

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Concurring Opinions is hosting a Symposium on Danielle Citron’s article “Cyber Civil Rights”

Frank Pasquale introduces it here and   here. Participants include: David Fagundes, Michael Froomkin, Nathaniel Gleicher, James Grimmelmann, Orin Kerr, Feminist Law Profs Nancy Kim and Susan Kuo, Daithí Mac Síthigh, Helen Norton, David Post, David Robinson and yours truly. … Continue reading

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Death of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

  Duke University Press issued a statement (here) about the death yesterday of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.   I think everything we do as critical thinkers about gender and sexuality draws on her work, either directly or indirectly, consciously or unconsciously. … Continue reading

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Living Well With Lupus: One Woman’s Journey

It began on May 23, 1996. A searing pain shot through my right hip as I stepped into a car. The pain spread into the other hip and my knees by nightfall. The day before I had completed a year … Continue reading

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More Politics of Abortion: A Defense of Prof. Dawn Johnsen

Over at Balkinization, Andrew Koppelman writes: Dawn Johnsen, President Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel, has been accused of misrepresenting a position she took in litigation, and I have been cited as authority against Prof. Johnsen. On … Continue reading

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CFP: Special Issue of the International Feminist Journal of Politics: New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights.

International Feminist Journal of Politics seeks manuscripts for a special issue on new directions in feminism and human rights. We invite manuscripts that capture the invocation of human rights strategies and discourses by feminist advocates, activists and grassroots movements for … Continue reading

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“Singled Out”

Scientist and science writer/blogger Sheril Kirshenbaum talks about sexism. Below is a short excerpt: Shortly after entering the blogosphere, there was a period when I stopped posting personal pictures altogether… until I stepped back and thought about why I felt … Continue reading

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Nell Jessup Newton has been appointed Dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School

Press release here. Via Leiter.

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The Phabulous Phoebe Haddon is to be the U of Maryland School of Law’s Next Top Administrator

Rather a heinous loss for Temple Law, but a great hire for Maryland, which announced (in part): David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, today announced the appointment of Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, as … Continue reading

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“Thrift Makes Drift or Why the Crisis in Academe is Bad for Everyone”

Prof Susurro makes some very good points about the ways that certain kind of cuts will hurt students.

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Gender Law Journals vs. Women’s Law Journals: What’s In a Name?

Inside HigherEd carried this interview  under the heading, “The Evolution of American Women’s Studies.”  In it, Alice E. Ginsberg, the editor of    The Evolution of American Women’s Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies and Change  (Palgrave Macmillan), talks about how … Continue reading

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Mary Anne Franks, “What’s Left of Pleasure? A Book Review of Janet Halley’s Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism”

This book review appeared in 30 Harv. J. L. & Gender 257 (2007) Abstract: This book review critically evaluates Janet Halley’s “hedonics of critique,” a theoretical approach that prioritizes the celebration of pleasure over harm – harm that Halley claims … Continue reading

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CFP: “Feminism, Law, and Masculinity,” September 11 – 12, 2009 Emory U. School of Law

The Feminism and Legal Theory Project is preparing for a conference on Feminism, Law, and Masculinity. This workshop will explore the relevance of masculinities studies to feminist legal theory and activism. We have long struggled, both within and without the … Continue reading

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Case and Nussbaum v. Posner

Listen to a podcast of critiques of Posnerian jurisprudence by U. of Chicago law professors Mary Ann Case and Martha Nussbaum right here, with a response by Posner. Neither Case nor Nussbaum drops the f-bomb, but the prospect must have … Continue reading

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Lolita Buckner Inniss, “On Being a Black Woman Lawyer (Or, The Sound of Silence)”

Read her essay by this title here. It begins: There are right now two lawsuits being prosecuted by black women lawyers that are quietly making their way around the Internet. A little too quietly for my taste. …

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FIRST ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING October 29-31, 2009 University of Nebraska – Lincoln

FIRST ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING: “WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW” The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from many disciplines, as well as government and non-governmental agencies who have responsibility for … Continue reading

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Cyber Civil Rights

Danielle Citron’s article “Cyber Civil Rights” is now in print. She handed me a reprint a few minutes ago, yay! Her presentation is based on this work. She’s talking about women being driven off line, or at least out of … Continue reading

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The only law review article with “tax” in the title that I am likely to read this year will be written by Bridget Crawford

And it will be based on her incredibly awesome presentation here at the William and Mary School of Law. Her topic is “Privacy, Pregnancy and Taxation” and it is fascinating. Surrogacy contracts have become one of her scholarly interests, and … Continue reading

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Streaming Video of the Nussbaum Symposium

On Friday, February 13th we held a symposium at Columbia Law School honoring the important work of Martha Nussbaum to the scholarship of Gender, Sexuality and the Law. The Symposium was a tremendous success, and the proceedings will be published … Continue reading

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Top Ten Cited Women Law Professors

Thanks to Brian Leiter for compiling this list so quickly in response to my post below. (with the caveat that there might be some scholars whose schools were not included in this sample who might have made the list: e.g., … Continue reading

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Nancy Leong, “A Noteworthy Absence”

The abstract: In recent years, male law students at top-fifteen-ranked law schools have published nearly twice as many notes in their schools’ general-interest law reviews as have their female counterparts. Although this disparity is common to virtually every top-fifteen-ranked school, … Continue reading

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Law School Grade Reform – Not So Fast

Many of Columbia’s peer schools have recently undertaken reforms in their grading systems.   Harvard and Stanford have moved in the direction of Yale’s system – three passing grades (1: Honors/High Pass, 2: Pass and 3: Restricted Credit/Low Pass) and … Continue reading

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“Condemned men are buried in sand up to their waists, and women up to their necks, and are pelted with stones until they die or manage to escape. Under the law, a condemned person’s life is spared if he can free himself.”

That’s a sentence from this WaPo article about stonings in Iran. Men have a lot better odds of escaping, obviously, though it’s still horrifying. The article also reports: In his weekly news conference, the judicial spokesman also said that Esha … Continue reading

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