Category Archives: Guest Blogger

Contraception: A Prescription for Women’s Equality

By Kara Loewentheil, Director of the Public Rights / Private Conscience Project in the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. This blog was originally posted as part of a set of pieces about contraception and the … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Emily Gillingham, “This is Inconsistent with What She’s Been Telling Us”: Why the Criticism of Hillary’s Record on Women Matters

There has been quite a hubbub lately over Hillary Clinton’s criminal defense of an alleged child rapist in 1975, when she was 27 years old and just starting out as a legal aid attorney. (See, e.g., here.) Her client was … Continue reading

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Student Reflection: Obstacles to Gender Equality at Work and Home, in Reaction to Rosenblum

The following is a guest post by Margaret Serrano, a student at Pace University School of Law (JD expected 2013). Pace Law School Professor Darren Rosenblum posted yesterday to his Huffington Post Blog (here) to criticize Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In … Continue reading

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Alimony Should Be Gender-Neutral

Marriage has been showing up in headlines across the country, from new stories trumpeting Obama’s statement of support for marriage equality to those debating the First Circuit’s judicial blow to DOMA. While shifts in access to legal marriage and the economic … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Amanda Gonzalez: How We Can Support Legal Education for Women in the United States…and Abroad

In the United States, women have a long way to go to reach parity with men when it comes to partnerships in leading law firms. Despite strides, women are still only 16% of equity partners at major law firms and … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Marie Owens: Are Criminal Justice and Law “Masculine” Professions?

As a member of the graduating class of South Texas College in 1957, Joe Kegans practiced law for twenty years before being appointed to the 230th Criminal District Court. One of the earliest women to earn a criminal justice degree … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Liz Kukura – LSRJ Study Highlights Dearth of Reproductive Rights Law & Justice Courses

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) recently completed its first comprehensive survey of reproductive rights and justice course offerings at all ABA-approved law schools in the U.S. for the last seven years.  While perhaps not surprising to many within the … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Seth Stern: Justice Brennan’s Woman Problem

In the month since the publication of the biography of Justice William J. Brennan Jr. I co-authored, no passage has attracted more attention than our account of his refusal to hire female clerks. It probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Amanda Gonzalez: Can Acting Like a Man Really Work Against Patriarchy?

I have a confession to make: I truly love trashy television and radio. I’m not above any of it. Not 16 and Pregnant, not Justin Bieber, not Real Housewives. I love it all. As I was singing along to the … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Deborah Zipf: “Every Saturday Morning…”

Every Saturday morning, regardless of the weather or the state of the world, a group of anti-choicers gathers on the sidewalk outside the clinic in this city.   They have been faithful to their cause for over thirty years.   … Continue reading

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“Girls Are Not for Sale – We Are Millions”

“January 11th, 2010 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Take a moment to lend your support to courageous girls and young women who are working to overcome the trauma of child sex trafficking by watching this video and sharing with … Continue reading

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The Center for Reproductive Rights’ Law School Initiative and Law Students for Reproductive Justice are accepting submissions for the 5th annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize.

The Center for Reproductive Rights’ Law School Initiative and Law Students for Reproductive Justice are accepting submissions for the 5th annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize.     The theme this year is Reproductive Rights As Human Rights.   This theme … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Deborah Zipf on NOW New York State Conference

NOW’s New York state conference, held last month at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, could make me cry.  Thirty years ago there were   hundreds of women, passionate arguments, sweet sisterhood, vicious infighting,   consciousness raising, contested elections, accusations, … Continue reading

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Sex Stereotyping, Legal Research and Feminist Activism

[From Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis student Amelia Deibert] I thought you all would be interested in an experience I had with Westlaw recently: I  was  researching  cross-examination tactics, and I happened upon an American Jurisprudence Trials article … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Gary Munneke: Rethinking Legal Education in Tough Times

As I write this message, I am sitting in a panel at the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar meeting, in Indianapolis, on”Rethinking Legal Education in Hard Times.”Here are a few highlights: Tom Sullivan, Provost of the … Continue reading

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Crush Porn Before SCOTUS

The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari in US v. Stevens, 533 F.3d 218 (3rd Cir. 2008).   The usual report is that the case is about videotapes of dog-fighting and whether their sale can be criminalized under the … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Liz Funk, a freelance writer, author, and college senior

I was on the Today Show on Tuesday, March 10th to discuss my new book”Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls,”and I had the pleasure of chatting a little bit with Meredith Viera before the cameras started … Continue reading

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Escaping or Exposing the Scrutiny of Feminists?

I received this email from a former student and all-around great person, who wishes to remain anonymous.   I reprint it here with his permission: I was flooded with e-mails and blog postings yesterday about “DABA” or “Dating a Banker … Continue reading

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EQUALITY NOW CALLS ON THE UNITED STATES TO CONDITION AID TO PAKISTAN ON MEASURES TAKEN BY THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT GIRLS AND ENSURE THEIR RIGHT TO EDUCATION

From Equality Now: On 20 January 2009 Equality Now issued a News Alert calling on the Government of Pakistan to protect girls and ensure their right to education following growing fundamentalist pressure in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and … Continue reading

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On this 2009 anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the Center for Reproductive Rights calls on President Barack Obama to strike the Hyde Amendment which bans funding for medically necessary abortion from his proposed budget and support Congressional repeal of these funding restrictions.

During his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama came out against Hyde, saying that the federal government should not use its dollars to intrude upon a poor woman’s decision whether or not to carry her pregnancy to term or to selectively withhold … Continue reading

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FUNDAMENTALIST PRESSURE IN NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE OF PAKISTAN, HAS LED TO ALARMING VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GIRLS AND WOMEN

From Equality Now: In late December 2008 the Taliban ordered a ban on girls’ education in the district of Swat in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.   The announcement made by an extremist cleric, Maulana Fazlullah through an … Continue reading

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Guest Blog Post: Christina Hoff Sommers on “What’s Wrong and What’s Right With Contemporary Feminism”?

Dear Readers, As a conservative feminist, I am often invited by members of the Federalist Society to speak at their law schools and take part in debates. Bridget Crawford, a moderator of the Feminist Law Professor blog, has kindly offered … Continue reading

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Update from the National Women’s Law Center

From the FLP Mailbox: As we’re gearing up for the new Administration and the new session of Congress, I wanted to share with you the National Women’s Law Center’s resources on some of the issues that are likely to be … Continue reading

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Buyers’ Market for Egg Donation?

This WSJ article entitled “Ova Time: Women Line Up To Donate Eggs — for Money” notes that clinics have seen an increase in the number of women applying to “donate” their eggs or serve as surrogates, positing that the surge … Continue reading

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“Girls Beware!”

“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

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No on California’s Prop. 4 mandating parental notification

… Californians will soon be voting on a ballot measure that would endanger teens by mandating parental notification 48 hours in advance of a minor terminating a pregnancy, this is Prop. 4. By now, you’ve probably read all about the … Continue reading

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Federal Appeals Court to Hear Argument in Virginia’s Abortion Ban Case on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 8:15 a.m.

From The Center for Reproductive Rights: Oral argument will be heard at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case Richmond Medical Center for Women v. Herring. The Center for Reproductive Rights will be arguing against … Continue reading

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Report by “Women’s Voices, Women Vote” – “The Disparate Impact of the Economic Crisis on Unmarried Women”

Income: Unmarried women earn only 56 cents for every dollar that married men make. [Center for American Progress, 4/25/08] According to analysis of data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics for individuals 25 to 61 years old, female-headed households … Continue reading

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“Feminists for Obama”

If McCain and Palin win, Women Lose. Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority, says, “Obama/Biden are running on the strongest platform for women’s rights of any major party in U.S. history”. That’s why Feminist Majority launched www.FeministsForObama.org, a side-by-side comparison … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Nick J. Sciullo: On Womyn and Humyn With A”Y”

This story is a story of the law review process and one scholar’s attempt to do something, anything, about the patriarchal underpinnings of law schools, law, and legal thoughts. My ideas on feminism have not always been well tolerated and … Continue reading

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Health Care Providers and the Conscience Exception

“I learn as much from my students as they learn from me.”  I’ve heard that line a few times (well … less frequently from law faculty members than from my friends who are secondary education teachers), and always suspected that … Continue reading

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Guest Post: “Proposed HHS Rule Harmful To Women’s Interests”

By National Womens Law Center Vice President Judy Waxman: Last week, the Bush Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule that will harm women’s health by impeding access to care and by denying vital information … Continue reading

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In three months, these laws will change (or not)

Election Day is three months from today. Despite the fact that one can hardly escape the relentless onslaught of horse race journalism about candidates, there is almost total radio silence about the laws that voters will adopt or reject on … Continue reading

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Gilbert on Denial of French Citizenship to Niqab-Wearing Woman

Via the Immigration Law Profs listserv,  Feminist Law Prof Lauren Gilbert (St. Thomas University School of Law) shared her thoughts on the French Council of State’s decision to deny French citizenship to a Muslim woman on the grounds of “insufficient … Continue reading

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“Today, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted Virginia’s petition to rehear en banc the Center for Reproductive Rights’ case against Virginia’s abortion ban.”

… [I]in May of this year, a three- judge panel of the Fourth Circuit struck down the Virginia law finding it extremely broad such that “every time” a doctor set out to perform any standard second trimester abortion, “he faces … Continue reading

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Thank-You Notes After Academic Interviews

My sister, Maureen Crawford Hentz, is the “Manager of Talent Acquisition” at Osram Sylvania and a blogger for boston.com on HR matters.   We had a long discussion over the vacation about the value of thank-you notes sent by job … Continue reading

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SCHIP Amendment Fails By One Vote

Last night, an amendment to a children’s bill failed on the US Senate floor by one vote: 49-50. The proposed amendment, offered by anti-choice Senate Wayne Allard, would have allowed states to make an embryo or fetus eligible for the … Continue reading

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“Study: Women don’t talk more than guys” (Plus Pithy Update On NYT Lies!)

From Yahoo News: Another stereotype : chatty gals and taciturn guys : bites the dust. Turns out, when you actually count the words, there isn’t much difference between the sexes when it comes to talking. A team led by Matthias … Continue reading

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Protecting Gay, Lesbian and Gender Variant Teens

In my new book, Dude, You’re a Fag:   Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, I document the rampant homophobic teasing that permeates high school students’ daily lives.   California is one of the few states to take a proactive … Continue reading

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Introducing Guest Co-Blogger Amanda Kissel

This summer, I will be co-blogging occasionally with Amanda Kissel.   Amanda is  a 2L at Pace Law School.   She graduated from The George Washington University in 2005 with a BA in Women’s Studies.   She is an active … Continue reading

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Teach-in on Guantanamo

I am writing to see if you may be willing to publicize a truly exceptional event: Guantanamo: How Should We Respond? It is a national teach-in on Guantanamo organized primarily through law schools – with the origin being Seton Hall … Continue reading

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“Jailing Pregnant Women Raises Health Risks”

Commentary by Julie B. Ehrlich, a law student at New York University and legal intern at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and Lynn M. Paltrow, an attorney and executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women: In recent months, pregnant … Continue reading

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Legal Discrimination Against Women in Hiring

My name is Kiki Peppard and I live in a town appropriately called Effort in Pennsylvania. I have been trying for 12 years to end discrimination against women in job interviews. In this state, it is NOT illegal to ask … Continue reading

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Nantiya Ruan on Payments to Plaintiffs in Discrimination Class Action

Nantiya Ruan (U. Denver Law School) has posted on SSRN, Bringing Sense to Incentives: Harmonizing Courts’ Chaotic Caselaw on Class Action Incentive Payments.   It makes what I find to be a really persuasive point about how courts handle class … Continue reading

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Belle Lettre: “On Being A Female Blogger, And Yes, A Real One At That”

Ann Bartow has a post below about the unfunniness that is David Lat’s new blog: The Kind of Satire That Often Isn’t Funny: David Lat’s “Hottest ERISA Lawyer in America” Contest: Possibly Lat doesn’t understand that being celebrated for her … Continue reading

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Boy Toys vs. Girl Toys?

No, I don’t mean it in that sense.  I mean literally: why so many distinctions between toys for boys and toys for girls?   Let’s even make an assumption with which I don’t really agree: that boys and girls have … Continue reading

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New Paper on Confidential Settlements (mine)

I’ve recently posted on SSRN an article that’s sort of half employment discrimination, half civil procedure, and half economic analysis: Illuminating Secrecy: A New Economic Analysis of Confidential Settlements, 105 Mich. L. Rev. __ (2007).   The reason I think … Continue reading

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Let Me Know of Your Scholarship

I’ve meant to say this for a while: some of my posts are of the “hey, here’s an interesting new piece of gender-related scholarship” variety, so I would love to hear (and post) about new (or recent) works by by … Continue reading

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Susan Sturm, “Advancing Workplace Equity in Higher Education”

Susan Sturm’s writings are some of the most interesting analyses of discrimination around; a favorite of mine is her 2001 article, Second Generation Employment Discrimination.   Her newest piece just got posted on SSRN: The Architecture of Inclusion: Advancing Workplace … Continue reading

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Racist Female Dolls

I don’t mean the dolls themselves are racist (i.e., it’s not “Kenny Klansman”); I mean that the marketing of the doll is racist. This is an African-American female doll whose package reads, on the lower right corner, “I Love to … Continue reading

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