Category Archives: Women and Economics
“The study found that women were far more likely to suffer minimum wage violations than men, with the highest prevalence among women who were illegal immigrants. Among American-born workers, African-Americans had a violation rate nearly triple that for whites.”
Those are two utterly unsurprising sentences from this depressing NYT article about how often low wage workers are cheated by their employers. –Ann Bartow
This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is a special issue on international women’s rights, Why Women’s Rights Are the Cause of Our Time. The cover story, The Women’s Crusade, is adapted from a book by Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox, this CFP from the editors as the Women’s Rights Law Reporter at Rutgers Law – Newark: Rutgers School of Law – Newark, Women’s Rights Law Reporter would like to introduce the topic of our Fall 2009 … Continue reading
Jim Hawkins (Houston) has posted to SSRN his working paper “Doctors as Bankers: Evidence from Fertility Markets.” Here is a portion of the abstract: In a variety of medical contexts, doctors play a prominent role as bankers, lending directly to … Continue reading
Feminist Law Prof Darren Rosenblum has posted to SSRN his article, “Feminizing Capital: A Corporate Imperative.” Here’s the abstract: The economic crisis has upended the divide between the public sector and the corporate world, as governments engage in mass intervention … Continue reading
Marjorie Kornhauser (Arizona State) has posted to SSRN her paper, “Gender and Capital Gains Taxation.” Here is the abstract: Most countries grant capital gains preferential treatment under their income tax laws by either excluding them from taxation or taxing them … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 â€“ pioneers of economic, political and social … Continue reading
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
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
From today’s Boston Globe, this story about a firing at Harvard: In the letter, dated May 12 of that year , [a new employee of the Harvard endowment management team, Iris] Mack told Summers that she was “deeply troubled and … Continue reading
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
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
Here, via Jill Zimon.
One of my fantastic former students has a cool new blog!
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
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
Yes, another great post by Historiann!
“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
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
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.
Overview and call to action here at The New Agenda.
Morice Mendoza asks: Where Are the Women? Via Jill at Writes Like She Talks.
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 â€œIntroduction: Revisiting the Feminism and Basic Income Debate” Ingrid Robeyns, … Continue reading
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
Philadelphia has a unique approach to helping homeowners avoid further predatory lending practices and foreclosure auctions, and Women’s Enews has the story.
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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 â€“ 2006, the number of incarcerated women in the United States … Continue reading
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
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
Echidne has a really good, thoughtful post here.
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
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
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