Category Archives: Women and Economics

Is Lap Dancing Prostitution?

Over at  The Right Coast, Tom Smith makes a good observation  here.   He reads the Rhode Island legislation [against indoor prostitution, previously blogged here and here] as far from”flawed”: he suggests that it is carefully crafted to permit lap … Continue reading

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What is Prostitution, Anyway?

An interesting aspect of the Rhode Island legislation [against indoor prostitution, previously blogged here]  is the General Assembly bill’s definition of prostitution. A person is guilty of prostitution when such person”engages or agrees or offers to engage in sexual conduct … Continue reading

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Body of Eridania Rodriguez Recovered in Office Air Duct

Eridania Rodriguez died at work. The 46-year old woman was killed on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 during her evening custodial shift at 2 Rector Street in Lower Manhattan.  Her body was found Saturday stuffed into an air duct.  Her hands … Continue reading

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“To hell with opting out”

From Amy Benfer at Salon: Taking a cue from the title of Belkin’s most famous article, a series in the American Prospect this week titled”When Opting Out Isn’t an Option“takes a long overdue look at the women who make up … Continue reading

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The Law and Economics of the Backlash

Back in my early days of teaching I thought it might be interesting to present a feminist legal theory paper at an annual meeting of the American Law & Economics Association (ALEA). At least at that time, you had to … Continue reading

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Should Job Creation Favor Men?

That’s the title of this op-ed in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, written by Feminist Law Profs Melissa Murray (Berkeley) and Darren Rosenblum (Pace). Here’s the text: The recent stimulus efforts have a prompted a sense of deja vu. In 1944, … Continue reading

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“Review of the Future of Taxation” in Australia

Almost one year ago to the day, the Australian government announced its intention to make a comprehensive study and proposal “to deal with the demographic, social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century.”  The timeline, agenda and preliminary reports … Continue reading

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Live Blogging Day 2,”Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making”

Today is the second day of the  â€œChallenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making”  workshop at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain.  This morning’s panel, “Labour Markets and Saving Choices,” featured presentations by Ulrike Spanberg, … Continue reading

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Live Blogging “Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making”

Today and tomorrow the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain hosts a workshop on “Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making.” Workshop organizers are Asa Gunnarsson (Department of Law, Umea University, Sweden), Lisa Phillipps (Osgoode Hall … Continue reading

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Robson on “A Servant of One’s Own: The Continuing Class Struggle in Feminist Legal Theories and Practices”

Ruthann Robson (CUNY) has posted to SSRN her essay,  “A Servant of One’s Own: The Continuing Class Struggle in Feminist Legal Theories and Practices.”  Here is the abstract: This essay considers the role of feminist legal theories in confronting the … Continue reading

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The NY Post is reporting that the father of a child actor who appeared in Slumdog Millionaire is trying to sell her.

Story here. The NY Daily news says same. It is based on an account from News of the World. The story was also reported by the London Times. I don’t really have anything useful to say about this. I’m not … Continue reading

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Obama’s Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues:   Melanne Verveer is Co-Founder, Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit that invests in emerging women leaders – pioneers of economic, political and social … Continue reading

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Infanti on “Dismembering Families”

Feminist Law Prof Tony Infanti (Pitt) has posted to SSRN his article Dismembering Families.  Here is the abstract: In this paper, I explore how the deduction for extraordinary medical expenses, codified in I.R.C. section 213, furthers domination in American society. … Continue reading

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Nadya Suleman’s Art

A few days ago, in”A Pole-Dancing Mother of 14,”my colleague Bridget Crawford took strong issue with the view that”a woman who puts her body on display (in a lingerie contest, as a topless performer or as a mother of 14) … Continue reading

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‘Cause Women Aren’t Good at Math

From today’s Boston Globe, this story about a firing at Harvard: In the letter, dated May 12 of that year [2002], [a new employee of the Harvard endowment management team, Iris] Mack told Summers that she was “deeply troubled and … Continue reading

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The Countess and the Mogul: Bad Divorce Law

Reform of divorce laws in light of the ways in which many women end up much worse off than their ex-husbands after divorce remains a huge problem for those of us concerned about Gender Justice. But consider the current divorce … Continue reading

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Financial Scandals Hit the Surrogacy Market

Slate has more details here about funds missing from trust accounts that a California surrogacy agency recommended its clients establish to facilitate payments to surrogates. The Slate article, entitled “Fetal Foreclosure,” asks in its subtitle, “If You Stop Paying a … Continue reading

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Link Round-up “Recession, job loss & their economic impact on women”

Here, via Jill Zimon.

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“Southern Chiconomics”

One of my fantastic former students has a cool new blog!

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Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class & Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction

Lolita Buckner Inniss (Cleveland-Marshall, Ain’t I a Feminist Legal Scholar, Too?, Visiting Prof at Pace Law School) and I have posted to SSRN our working paper, Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class and Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction.  Here is the … Continue reading

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Coupon Clipping

Here’s a post that will encourage you to use coupons, and here’s a related post that will encourage you to girlcott Whole Foods. Which I already do, largely because there isn’t one within 100 miles of where I live, but … Continue reading

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“J’accuse, or, I got yer class warfare right here, pal.”

Yes, another great post by Historiann!

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“A record number of workers filed federal job discrimination complaints last year, with claims of unfair treatment by older employees seeing the largest increase.”

From Yahoo News: … The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday it received more than 95,000 discrimination claims during the 2008 fiscal year, a 15 percent increase over the previous year. Charges of age discrimination jumped by 28.7 percent : … Continue reading

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2008 Report on the Global Gender Gap

The full report, compiled by the World Economic Forum, can be found here (PDF). It focuses on data related to economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political power and health and survival. The overall rank of the U.S. is 27th … Continue reading

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Indrani Sinha and Shamita Das Dasgupta, “Mothers for Sale: Women in Kolkata’s Sex Trade”

Can’t find a picture of the cover, or any place it is for sale online, but an interview of a sex worker by one of the authors is available here, at Women’s eNews.

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Let’s follow Ledbetter with the Paycheck Fairness Act!

Overview and call to action here at The New Agenda.

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Why were there so few women at the World Economic Forum?

Morice Mendoza asks: Where Are the Women? Via Jill at Writes Like She Talks.

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“Debate: Should Feminists Endorse Basic Income?”

Basic Income Studies, an international journal of basic income research, Vol. 3, Issue 3, (2008) Debate: Should Feminists Endorse Basic Income? Guest editor: Ingrid Robeyns, Erasmus University Rotterdam Research Notes “Introduction: Revisiting the Feminism and Basic Income Debate” Ingrid Robeyns, … Continue reading

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Concerns about the draft American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Irasema Garza, President of Legal Momentum, writes: Today the House Democrats unveiled the near-final version of the economic stimulus package known as the  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with a vote expected as early as tomorrow. While it contains some … Continue reading

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Interview with Lilly Ledbetter

Via Womenstake.

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Women, Foreclsoures and Sub Prime Loans

Philadelphia has a unique approach to helping homeowners avoid further predatory lending practices and foreclosure auctions, and Women’s Enews has the story.

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A Minor Tax Victory for Non-Traditional Families

In a non-precedential decision in Leonard v. Commissioner (T.C. Summary Opinion 2008-141) (full opinion here), the Tax Court permitted a pro se taxpayer to take dependency exemption deductions for the grandchildren of her “friend,” an adult woman with whom the taxpayer had been … Continue reading

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Kessler on “Getting Class”

Laura Kessler (Utah) has posted to SSRN her working paper “Getting Class.”  Here is the abstract: Gender-based economic inequality has been a longstanding concern of feminist legal theory, particularly as it affects middle-class women. Yet much legal feminist literature remains … Continue reading

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Susan Carle, “Short Notes on Teaching About the Micro-Politics of Class, with Examples from Torts and Employment Law Casebooks”

Abstract: This short Essay explores several potential teaching moments in which one might raise issues concerning the micro-politics of socioeconomic class status. I discuss cases found in popular casebooks for three course areas in which I teach: torts, employment, and … Continue reading

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Bank of America “has an $8.4 million, seven-year contract with Michigan State giving it access to students’ names and addresses and use of the university’s logo. The more students who take the banks’ credit cards, the more money the university gets. Under certain circumstances, Michigan State even stands to receive more money if students carry a balance on these cards.”

And Michigan State is far from the only university to engage in this nefarious practice. I don’t know exactly what my own school’s practices are in this regard, but I’ve certainly seen credit card solicitations happening on campus. It’s sad … Continue reading

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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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“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

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CFP: Women, Incarceration and Human Rights, February 27-28, Atlanta, GA

From the FLP mailbox, this notice of yet another great workshop being convened by Martha Fineman and the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory Law School: From 1995 – 2006, the number of incarcerated women in the United States … Continue reading

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Hip Hop, Capitalism, and Taking Back the Music

I read with great interest Jonah Weiner’s recent Slate article decrying the absence of women in hip hop music. After providing a compelling (if not, in my opinion, entirely accurate) history of women in the genre, he explains the reasons … Continue reading

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“Exploiting People, Stereotypes Is Not Exactly Sexy”

That’s the title of this post at Jezebel, in which blogger Megan Carpentier writes fairly critically about a “charity porn” initiative to “Save African Orphans” that seems pretty appalling at every level. I’m a little uncomfortable with the tone of … Continue reading

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Women, Men, Familes, Careers

Echidne has a really good, thoughtful post here.

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Sheila Jeffreys, “The Industrial Vagina: The political economy of the global sex trade”

From the publisher’s website: The industrialization of prostitution and the sex trade has created a multibillion-dollar global market, involving millions of women, that makes a substantial contribution to national and global economies. The Industrial Vagina examines how prostitution and other … Continue reading

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The World Economic Forum has released its annual Global Gender Gap Report.

From Jezebel: The World Economic Forum has released its annual Global Gender Gap Report and everyone from Matthew Kirdahy at Forbes to Kate Pickert at Time to Laura MacInnis at Reuters are all over the unsurprising news that the Scandanavian … Continue reading

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Joan MacLeod Heminway and Sarah White, “WANTED: Female Corporate Directors (A Review of Professor Douglas M. Branson’s No Seat at the Table)”

Abstract: In his 2007 book No Seat at the Table, Professor Douglas Branson aptly describes how patterns of male dominance inherent in the legal structures of corporate governance reproduce themselves again and again to keep women out of executive suites … Continue reading

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WSJ Survey: “Women Lead in Cutting Spending”

Well, freakin’ duh. The survey findings didn’t surprise Manisha Thakor, author of”On My Own Two Feet,”a female-focused personal finance guide. “[The spending cutback] is a very rational response,”she says.”Women live seven years longer than men. We earn less –79 cents … 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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Lawyers’ Salaries: Mommy Penalties, Daddy Bonuses, and Pure Gender Effects

Even among highly educated professionals, there is a persistent difference in the salaries of men and women. Untangling the reasons for that difference is quite difficult, and it involves as a threshold matter trying to figure out whether there are … Continue reading

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CFP: Women, Equality and Fiscal Policy: Gender Analysis of Taxes, Spending and Budgets

Call for papers for workshop on : Women, Equality, and Fiscal Policy: Gender Analysis of Taxes, Spending, and Budgets     Context and purpose of the workshop: The political economy of women is deeply affected by gender differences: women’s incomes … Continue reading

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Why Women Should Control Wall Street

So last week when I received my TIAA-CREF statement (like many professors, I assume) you might have heard me scream from Milwaukee.   But now I have a better idea–I should be running the market!   Tim Harford, a columnist … 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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