Author Archives: Bridget Crawford

Five Colleges Women’s Studies Research Center Call for 2023-24 Research Associates

From the Five Colleges Women’s Studies Research Center: Are you a feminist thinker, writer, artist, scholar, or activist seeking interdisciplinary community to help build your work? Are you local to the Five Colleges or Western Massachusetts and trying to carve … Continue reading

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Symposium 2/24—The Federal Income Tax: Racially Blind But Not Racially Neutral

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Boso on “Religious Liberty, Discriminatory Intent, and the Status Quo Constitution”

Luke Boso (U San Francisco) has posted to SSRN his working paper, Religious Liberty, Discriminatory Intent, and the Status Quo Constitution. Here is the abstract: The Supreme Court shocked the world at the end of its 2021-22 term by issuing … Continue reading

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Advice from Gender & Law Journal Editors: Tips for Prospective Authors—Free Webinar Sponsored by @usfemjudgments

Advice from Gender & Law Journal Editors: Tips for Prospective Authors Live Zoom Webinar Sponsored by the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project January 20, 2023 2-3 pm Eastern/11am-12n Pacific advance registration required (here; free) Specialty law journals are important outlets for … Continue reading

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States Where Schools Are Required to Provide Menstrual Products

There’s an interactive map over here at Aunt Flo. Some state legislation is more (or less) comprehensive. And in related news, USA Today reports here that the Department of Education is considering making menstrual product provision part of schools’ Title … Continue reading

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How Much Would It Cost to Put “Free” Tampons and Pads in All School Bathrooms in the US? $60 Million a Year

I have previously blogged here, here, and here with speculation about how much it costs for schools to provide “free” menstrual products in bathrooms. Based on actual data from the Cambridge (MA) Public Schools, the figure appears to be approximately … Continue reading

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The Time Students for Life America Got Punk’d by Two Yale Undergrads

A few weeks ago, two Yale undergrads, Zoe Larkin and Ella Attell, interviewed Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life America, Borat-style. Their spoof video (embedded above) is a funny-not-funny commentary on the absurd rhetoric deployed by anti-abortionist activists (Hawkins … Continue reading

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Who Benefits from #TamponTax Repeal? In Germany, Consumers Do

A UK study suggests that consumers there did not benefit from repeal of the tampon tax (see here).  A new study out of Germany suggests contrary results in that country. Here is the abstract of VAT Pass-Through: The Case of … Continue reading

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The Gender Wealth Gap in Retirement Savings: A German Case Study

Carla Cardova (Pomona College), Markus Grabka (German Institute for Economic Research — DIW Berlin) & Eva Sierminska (LISER; DIW Berlin) have posted to SSRN their working paper, Pension Wealth and the Gender Wealth Gap. Here is the abstract: We examine … Continue reading

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Did the Pandemic Disrupt Your Period?

You’re not alone. Here’s the abstract for Martina Anto-Ocrah et al., Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)–Related Stress and Menstrual Changes, Obstetrics & Gynecology (October 27, 2022; DOI 10.1097/AOG.0000000000005010). A total of 354 women of reproductive age across the United States completed … Continue reading

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Who Benefits From #Tampon Tax Repeal? Not Consumers, Says New Report

A copy of the report by the (UK) Tax Policy Associates is here. Some highlights: 5% VAT applied to tampons and other menstrual products until January 2021. Then, following the high-profile “tampon tax” campaign, it was abolished. Many expected that … Continue reading

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The Contribution of Shareholder Primacy to the Racial Wealth Gap @lenorepalladino @rooseveltinst

Lenore Palladino (Roosevelt Institute) has posted a working paper, The Contribution of Shareholder Primacy to the Racial Wealth Gap. Here is an excerpt: I find a Black–white ratio of 0.013 and a Hispanic–white ratio of 0.016 for total shareholder payments … Continue reading

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The Discourse of Tampon Tax Repeal

Proving that there is a Foucauldian approach to just about everything, Shu-Chien Chen (Erasmus University Rotterdam) has posted to SSRN Discourses in the Tampon Tax Campaign, 2022 Analize: Journal of Gender & Feminist Studies 114. Here is the abstract: The … Continue reading

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Australia Has a Majority-Female High Court: Why That Matters

Jayne Jagot was sworn in last week as the 56th justice of the High Court of Australia. She is the Court’s seventh woman appointed to the High Court, which now has a female majority.  See news reports here. Law professor … Continue reading

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“Tools for Tackling the Toxic Workplace” Panel at NYU Law 10/26/22

TOOLS FOR TACKLING THE TOXIC WORKPLACE:A Conversation with Gretchen Carlson and Julie Roginsky Wednesday, October 26, 2022 7:00-9:00 p.m. EDT Furman Hall, Lester Pollock Colloquium245 Sullivan StreetNew York, NY 10012 Please join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and Lift Our Voices for a discussion … Continue reading

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What Does Tax Law Have to Do with Racial Inequality?

Quite a bit. For those who would like to know more, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy has issued a new report on The Geographic Distribution of Extreme Wealth in the U.S. Here are a few of the report’s … Continue reading

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Law Professor Commentary on Proposed Title IX Regs

Law professors are among those commenting on the proposed regulations under Title IX, issued by the Department of Education, Docket #ED-2021-OCR-0166: Nancy Chi Cantalupo & David Super, “Fifty for Fifty” Law Professor Comment on Standard of Evidence (with 50 law … Continue reading

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Privacy Concerns and Period Trackers; Mozilla Takes Notice

The concerns are not new. Michele Gilman (Baltimore) and others have been sounding this alarm for some time now.  (Read Professor Gilman’s important essay, Periods for Profit and Menstrual Surveillance, 41 Colum. J. Gender & Law 100 (2021)  here.) What … Continue reading

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Menstrual Products are Free in Scotland

Yup.  The NYT has full coverage here. As Emily Waldman (Pace) and I write in our book, Menstruation Matters: Challenging the Law’s Silence on Periods (NYU Press 2022): On an international level, the most dramatic menstrual equity development that occurred … Continue reading

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What are the “Most Important and Discussed Feminist Issues Currently”?

On a Women’s Studies listserv, one poster recently asked for subscribers’ thoughts on “the most important and discussed feminist issues currently.” Writer Katha Pollitt responded  as follows (reprinted with permission): I think the major feminist issues are the same as … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Hard to Find Many Among Speakers at Upcoming Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium or on the Journal’s List of “Advisors” @HarvardJLPP #manel

The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Harvard Law School Federalist Society have announced a symposium to be held on October 29, 2022: It’s a symposium on Adrian Vermeule’s book, which certainly has female readers …. Was … Continue reading

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Open Library of Humanities Special Issue on “The Politics and History of Menstruation: Contextualising the Scottish Campaign to End Period Poverty”

The Open Library of Humanities has a special issue devoted to “The Politics and History of Menstruation: Contextualising the Scottish Campaign to End Period Poverty.” The editors are Bettina Bildhauer (University of St Andrews), Camilla Røstvik (University of Leeds) and … Continue reading

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Guide to Submitting Shorter Pieces to Online Law Review Companions

I’ve expanded the coverage from journals at 20 schools to 45 schools, here.

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Elizabeth D. Katz Wins Haub Law Emerging Scholar in Gender & Law Prize

Professor Elizabeth D. Katz of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law has been selected as the 2021-2022 Haub Law Emerging Scholar in Gender & Law for her paper Sex, Suffrage, and State Constitutional Law: Women’s Legal Right to … Continue reading

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Does Feminist Legal Theory Matter to the Schlesinger Library? Or Smith? Or Duke? Or Brown?

Earlier this week, Ms. Magazine published an article (here) revealing the somewhat surprising decision of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University to decline the records of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, begun at the University of Wisconsin in 1984 … Continue reading

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Keller on Gender-Inclusive Bathrooms

Susan Etta Keller (Western State) has posted to SSRN her paper, Gender-Inclusive Bathrooms: How Pandemic-Inspired Design Imperatives and the Reasoning of Recent Federal Court Decisions Make Rejecting Sex-Separated Facilities More Possible, 23 Geo. J. Gender & L. 35 (2021). Here … Continue reading

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Fellowships at the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Osgoode’s IFLS is accepting fellowship applications for the 2022-23 academic year. This fellowship supports the work of young and mid-career scholars from around the world by providing an intellectual community, shared physical space (for those candidates who … Continue reading

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North American Menopause Society 2022 Hormone Therapy Position Statement

The North American Menopause Society has updated its official position on hormone therapy for menopause (also known as hormone replacement therapy or menopause hormone therapy).  Here is the abstract: “The 2022 Hormone Therapy Position Statement of The North American Menopause … Continue reading

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“We Need an American Girl” Doll Meme in a Time of Political Catastrophe for Women

Writer Ruth Etiesit Samuel has a fantastic piece at HuffPost, “The Resurgence of American Girl Doll-Core.” Here is an excerpt: The brand, now owned by Mattel, has not only expanded over the years but also has continued to be a … Continue reading

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Call for Nominations: AALS Section on Women in Legal Education 2023 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education is pleased to open nominations for its 2023 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, the inaugural award honored Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Subsequent winners include Catharine A. MacKinnon (2014), Herma … Continue reading

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Inaugural GO LILA Workshop

Professor Maritza Reyes (FAMU Law) provided this report from the Inaugural Graciela Olivárez Latinas in the Legal Academy Workshop: Stanford Law School Dean Jenny S. Martinez and the Planning Committee of the 2022 Inaugural Graciela Olivárez Latinas in the Legal … Continue reading

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Pace Law School Faculty Hiring Announcement

Pace Law School is planning to make two hires, each to begin in Fall 2023: one tenure-track hire and one VAP.  Details below. Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Hiring Announcement Tenure Track Professor The Elisabeth Haub School of Law … Continue reading

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A Dark Day for Women in America

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Memorial Information for Browne Lewis

From the NCCU Chancellor, here: Dear NCCU Community:  A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at St. Joseph AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC, 27707. The viewing will begin at 11 a.m., followed by … Continue reading

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Iowa Poised to Repeal its Tampon Tax

Iowa appears poised to repeal its state sales tax on menstrual products. The Iowa legislature passed Senate File 2367, which also repeals the state sales tax in diapers and adult incontinence pads and treats as tax-free income a governor-declared retention … Continue reading

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The Tampon Shortage is Real

And what happens when there are supply-chain problems, staffing shortages and more? Companies jack up the prices. That’s capitalism — not just menstrual capitalism. Of course, what makes the shortage of menstrual products especially salient is that alternative products (like … Continue reading

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Pace Law Seeks Visitor for Spring 2023 Semester

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University invites applications for a Visiting Professor for Spring 2023  The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is currently seeking applicants for a podium-fill visitor to teach during the Spring 2023 … Continue reading

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Professor Marcy Karin Receives Fulbright for Study in Scotland

Professor Marcy Karin (UDC) has been named as the Fulbright Scotland Distinguished Scholar for the 2022-2023 academic year. Professor Karin will continue her work on menstrual equity during the 2022-2023 academic year. Here is an excerpt from the school’s press … Continue reading

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Nebraska Repeals its Tampon Tax and Broadens Access for Prisoners and Detainees

On April 20, 2022, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed into law Nebraska LB 984. Effective October 1, 2022, menstrual products will not be subject to state sales tax and city. The same bill also requires state, county and city jails … Continue reading

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In Memory of Browne Lewis

Browne Lewis, the Dean of NCCU Law, died suddenly while attending a conference on June 2, 2022. Here is the announcement from the NCCU Chancellor: It is with profound sadness that I announce the sudden passing of Atty. Browne C. … Continue reading

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Menopause Is Not Always a “Problem” to be Stopped

Menopause is an inevitable aspect of aging for approximately half the population. Its symptoms vary widely. For some people, the symptoms are relatively mild. For others symptoms can be outright debilitating. Emily Waldman (Pace), Naomi Cahn (UVa) and I explore … Continue reading

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On the “Screaming Fan Girl” as IP Creator

The Atlantic has an excerpt adapted from Kaitlin Tiffany’s forthcoming book, Everything I Need I Get From You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It. Here is an excerpt: We have seen so many screaming girls. Every time … Continue reading

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Spanish Menstrual Leave Legislation Tucked Into Abortion Law

Last month, draft legislation was introduced in Spain that would provide for three days of sick leave every month for painful menstruation. This was an attention-getting part of a larger bill that contains greater restrictions on surrogacy but the loosening … Continue reading

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Launch of The Legal Accountability Project by @AlizaShatzman & Matthew Goodman

Aliza Shatzman (JD 2019, Wash U Law) and Matthew Goodman (JD 2019, Wash U Law) have announced the launch of The Legal Accountability Project. Here is a description of the non-profit’s aims: The Legal Accountability Project’s goal is to ensure … Continue reading

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CFP: 4th Annual Equality Law Scholars’ Forum

Call for Proposals for the Fourth Annual Equality Law Scholars’ Forum November 4-5, 2022 – Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Building on the success of the Equality Law Scholars’ Forum held at UC Berkeley Law in 2017, at UC Davis … Continue reading

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Aliza Shatzman on “Dismantling the Myth of the Untouchable Judge”

Aliza Shatzman has published The Judiciary Accountability Act: Dismantling the Myth of the Untouchable Judge, N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y Quorum (2022). Here is an except: Over a month has passed since I submitted a Statement for the Record … Continue reading

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“What’s In Your Period Product?” New Report by @women4earth

Women’s Voices for the Earth has some answers and lots of questions in a new report of the same name, here. Here are some of the report’s “main findings,” as summarized by WVE (here). Ingredient information is now standard on … Continue reading

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Exploration of “Menstrual Pollution” Beliefs in Sweden

Josefin Persdotter (PhD candidate in Sociology, University of Gothenburg) has published her thesis, Menstrual Dirt: An Exploration of Contemporary Menstrual Hygiene Practices in Sweden, as an open-access book, available for free download here. A short description of the book follows: … Continue reading

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Media, Young People and Messages About Menstruation

Since Emily Gold Waldman (Pace) and I embarked on researching and writing about the intersections of law and menstruation for our book Menstruation Matters: Challenging the Law’s Silence on Periods, I’ve become newly attuned to the ways that menstruation is … Continue reading

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Wage Gap Data – Evidence from Greece

Nick Drydakis (Business and Law, Anglia Ruskin University, UK) has posted to SSRN his working paper, Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Labor Market Against Gay Men. Here is the abstract: The study replicates the first European field experiment on gay … Continue reading

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