Category Archives: Feminists in Academia

Watch Christina Hoff Sommers Give Her Lecture Live

A few days ago Christina Hoff Sommers guest posted a lecture here, and referred to “a productive and civil debate with a feminist law professor at Penn State.” The live debate was sponsored by the Federalist Society, and you can … Continue reading

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Indiana/Bloomington Law Prof Dawn Johnsen Nominated as Assistant AG for the Office of Legal Counsel

This morning, Barack Obama announced that he intends to nominate Dawn Johnsen to be Assistant AG for the Office of Legal Counsel. A law prof at Indiana University, Johnson serves on the board of directors of the American Constitution Society … Continue reading

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The Awesome Candidate X Has A Shiny New Job!

Candidate X guest posted here, asking for advice about going on the teaching market while breastfeeding an infant. FLP readers offered a lot of kind support both on blog and off. No surprise there – you’re feminists! Here’s an update … Continue reading

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A Sermon Against Preachy People

Here, at A  Woman In Law School.

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Check out the “Gender & Sexuality Law Blog”

Here! Founded by Columbia Law Profs Katherine Franke and Suzanne Goldberg, who, happily for FLP readers, will sometimes cross post here, see e.g.!

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Catharine MacKinnon, “The Recognition of Rape as an Act of Genocide – Prosecutor v. Akayesu”

Two related articles are accessible here. Via IntLawGrrls.

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Tonight on PBS – Emma Coleman Jordan deconstructs the bail outs

Tonight on Bill Moyers Journal, at 9 pm ET, my colleague Emma Coleman Jordan will be featured in a segment on “deconstructing the bailout.”   Emma is a pre-eminent scholar on the intersection of law with economic and class issues, … Continue reading

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The NCAA tries to prevent men from blaming Title IX for cuts to sports that are actually recession related.

And, I’d bet most readers join me in hoping this works! From USA Today: NCAA President Myles Brand has a message for member institutions: Don’t blame Title IX. Brand expects some schools to drop men’s teams in coming months because … Continue reading

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Noting the Passing of Jan Kemp, UGA Athletics Whistleblower

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Jan Kemp, the controversial former English professor at the University of Georgia who blew the whistle on preferential treatment afforded to student athletes, passed away Friday of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 59. Named a”hero … Continue reading

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Catharine A. MacKinnon has been appointed Special Gender Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

From here: Prof. Catharine A. MacKinnon was appointed as Special Gender Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She will provide strategic advice to his Office on sexual and gender violence, an area where expertise is required under … Continue reading

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“How to be a good host–for schools that are still hiring”

Lesbo Prof has some interesting recommendations. Here is the part I liked the best: Second, don’t play “get the candidate.” While a spirited discussion about a candidate’s research is exciting and fun, and can show a candidate that you are … Continue reading

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A different kind of physics conferences – the ladies room was always crowded.

The third International Conference for Women in Physics! First person account at the f word.

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Feminist Law Profs Among New ALI Members

The ALI has announced the names (here) of its newly-elected members, including Feminist Law Profs Ann Bartow (South Carolina), Miriam Cherry (McGeorge),  Tony Infanti (Pitt), Margaret Russell (Santa Clara) and Margaret Taylor (Wake Forest).  Congratulations!   -Bridget Crawford  

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Brand New Blog by Lolita Buckner Inniss: “Ain’t I a Feminist Legal Scholar Too?”

Find it here!

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How does one juggle breast feeding and landing a law teaching job? Advice needed!

I’m writing for advice on an issue peculiar to female law profs and I was hoping that I could post a question on Feminist Law Profs seeking advice. Specifically, I am on the legal teaching market this year and I … Continue reading

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American Law Institute Shows Outstanding Judgment And Elects Professor Bridget J. Crawford as Member

Official story here, which notes: “Election to the ALI is considered one of the highest honors in the legal profession.” No doubt it was her terrific blogging here that clinched her election. The following was probably also helpful: Professor Crawford’s … Continue reading

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New Scholarship about Rural Women and Rural Livelihoods

Lisa R. Pruitt at UC Davis School of Law has followed up on her 2007 article, Toward a Feminist Theory of the Rural, with two forthcoming articles about rural women. Both draw on the discipline of critical geography to explore … Continue reading

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The report found that men in the department operated like a “club,” the Chronicle reported.

According to this Phila. Inq. article: Rutgers University is investigating complaints of discrimination from female faculty in its political science department, including allegations of pay inequities and charges that male senior faculty members have held long-standing, decision-making dinners that exclude … Continue reading

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CFP: Women’s Right Law Reporter, Rutgers School of Law Newark

The Women’s Rights Law Reporter is a quarterly journal of legal scholarship and feminist criticism published by students at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ. Now-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg founded the Reporter in 1970. It is … Continue reading

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Mary Dudziak on Women and Law Blogging

A twofer: Women and Blogging: what you can do right now at the Legal History Blog and cross-posted at Balkinization.

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IntLawGrrls is featuring a series on disability human rights.

Read it here.

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Anne W. Eaton, “A Sensible Antiporn Feminsm”

Published in Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy (Spring 2008). Downloadable here. In addition: Commentaries by Patrick D. Hopkins, Rae Langton, Ishani Maitra, Laurie Shrage. Reply by A.W. Eaton. Via Feminist Philosophers.

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“Child Centered Jurisprudence and Feminist Jurisprudence: Exploring The Connections And The Tensions” Friday, November 14, 2008 @ the University of Houston Law Center

From the Conference Website: This conference in November 2008 will explore the connections and the tensions between”feminist jurisprudence”and what might be called (in the language of June Carbone)”child-centered jurisprudence.”The experiences of American women have been entwined with their roles as … Continue reading

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Feminist law prof glass ceilings

Inspired by recent events at my own institution as well as conversations with other feminist law profs I’ve run into at recent conferences, here’s a pattern I see – wonder if others experience this.   One fem law prof summed … Continue reading

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Beverly Baines, “But Was She a Feminist Judge?”

Abstract: During her time on the bench, Justice Wilson refused to identify as a feminist. Her silence did not deter feminists from applauding many of her decisions. Nor did it preclude them from critiquing three opinions: Pelech, Morgentaler, and Hess. … Continue reading

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“New Questions on Women, Academe and Careers”

Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed wrote an article with this title, in which he notes: In field after field, women either outperform or equal men : only to lag in key positions in academe (or in other careers that … Continue reading

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Feminism and Legal Theory 25th Anniversary Conference – November 6-8th Emory University School of Law – Atlanta, GA

In 1991, Routledge published At the Boundaries of Law, the very first anthology in feminist legal theory.   This book has proven invaluable to scholars and students alike. The volume grew out of workshops given by the Feminism and Legal … Continue reading

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“Academic Bullies”

Chron story here. Via Historiann.

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June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, “Pregnancy often puts success out of reach for teens”

This is an Op-Ed by two fantastic Feminist Law Profs, and it is accessible here. Below is an excerpt: The news that Sarah Palin’s unwed teenage daughter is pregnant highlights a surprising reality in today’s America: The ultra-conservative morality many … Continue reading

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“Court Tosses Student’s Lawsuit Challenging Low Grade Received From Female Professor”

Read about this at the fabulous Title IX blog.

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Romantic Partners and Academics

Historiann has an interesting post entitled: “Marrying up,”and why that could screw up your career in which she notes: There’s a new report out on the careers of social scientists, via Inside Higher Ed. The University of Washington Center for … Continue reading

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Nancy E. Dowd, “Masculinities and Feminist Legal Theory: An Antiessentialist Project”

Abstract: Men, patriarchy and masculine characteristics have predominantly been examined within feminist theory as a source of power, domination, inequality and subordination. Various theories of inequality have been developed by feminists to challenge and reveal structures and discourses that reinforce … Continue reading

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“Herr Professor Daddy? I didn’t think so.”

Post every woman academic should read, here.

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Josephine Louise Newcomb established an undergraduate liberal-arts college in 1886 at Tulane in memory of her daughter. Her descendants are suing to have it reopened.

Last October it was reported that a first effort to get Newcomb College reopened failed: A state appeals court today narrowly turned down an attempt to resurrect Newcomb College, ruling that the plaintiffs had no right to file suit. By … Continue reading

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Minna Kotkin, “Of Authorship and Audacity: An Empirical Study of Gender Disparity and Privilege in the ‘Top Ten’ Law Reviews”

Abstract: In today’s law schools, article placement is a significant consideration in hiring, promotion, tenure, and lateral mobility. This article analyzes authorship by gender and home school “privilege” in 15 law reviews (the “top ten”) over a three year period. … Continue reading

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Maternity leave: a request for strategies and advice

Head over to Historiann and help a sister out!

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Upcoming Feminism and Legal Theory Project Events

More information on the following events will be available as the dates approach. Conflict and Transitional Justice: Feminist Approaches September 19-20, 2008. Emory University Gambrell Hall Truth Commissions and other forms of transitional justice have become ubiquitous as a mechanism … Continue reading

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A Few Observations About Mentoring

So I’m at a really great law prof conference. Best highlight so far was seeing Bridget Crawford, and listening to her interesting observations about the intersection of tax law and feminist legal theory.   In addition to being a brilliant … Continue reading

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Kelly Oliver, “Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media”

From the publisher: Ever since Eve tempted Adam with her apple, women have been regarded as a corrupting and destructive influence. The very idea that women can be used as interrogation tools, as evidenced in the Abu Ghraib torture photos, … Continue reading

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Law Prof Blog Recommendations: Increasing the Estrogen

We here at Feminist Law Professors don’t care about “size.” There isn’t a publicly accessible Site Meter here because we do not run commercial advertisements, and we try to offer some small measure of privacy protection to our readers. Publicly … Continue reading

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“F Files” Interview with Robert Jensen

Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here. Part 5 is here. Part 6 is here.

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San Diego Grand Hyatt Boycott (and Girlcott!)

Since this is the hotel where the AALS annual meeting is being held, I thought the FLP readership would be concerned about this story.   The Grand Hyatt’s owner gave $125K to the marriage ban campaign; now gay activists are … Continue reading

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Why Zuska Needs To Keep Blogging

Over at Thus Spake Zuska, Zuska decided to cull from her comments all the reasons she has been told she should not blog. Below are a few of them: You’re ugly. You’re old and ugly. You need to get laid. … Continue reading

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Physics For Girls

Absinthe has a disheartening observation about a high school physics text here.

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Announcing Women in International Economic Law, a new global organization in international law

Women in International Economic Law, a new global organization in international law, will hold its organizational meeting from 1:30 to 3 pm on Tuesday 15 July, in conjunction with the inaugural meeting of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) … Continue reading

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Martha T. McCluskey, “How Queer Theory Makes Neoliberalism Sexy: Right-Wing Economic Politics and the Queer Challenge to Feminism”

Abstract: Some strands of queer theory have echoed conservative law-and-economics (neoliberalism) in criticizing feminism’s turn to the state and to moral principle to solve problems of dependency and dominance. But on closer analysis, queer anti-statism and anti-moralism itself relies on … Continue reading

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Death of Louise Halper

From the FLP mailbox, this sad news of the death of Professor Louise Halper of Washington & Lee Law School:   Louise Halper, professor of law and director of the Frances Lewis Law Center at Washington and Lee University, died … Continue reading

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“Racism 2.0″

That’s the title of this thoughtful post at Diary of An Anxious Black Woman.

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Historiann Has A Great “Bossy Broads Round Up”

Read it here!

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“Repairing research integrity”

That is the title of an article in Nature which reports systematic scientific misconduct that is underreported, and postulates some of the reasons, noting: “Nearly one generation after the effort to reduce misconduct in science began, the responses by NIH … Continue reading

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