Category Archives: Feminist Legal History
“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
Malcolm M. Feeley and Hadar Aviram, “Where Have All the Women Gone? The Decline of Women in the Criminal Justice Process”
Abstract: This project sets out to refute the common criminological assumption that women have always constituted a negligible percentage of those subjected to the criminal justice process. Using a variety of primary and secondary datasets drawn from dozens of European … Continue reading
Today is the 27th Anniversary of Sandra Day O’Connor being sworn in as the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Nominated by President Ronald Reagan and unanimously approved by the Senate, Sandra Day O’Connor joined the Court on 25 September 1981 as its 102nd justice and first female appointee. –Sharon Sandeen
Interesting and moving post by this name at The Legal History Blog about Fannie Lou Hamer’s challenge to the seating of Mississippi’s all-white Democratic delegation at the 1964 DNC. –Ann Bartow
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
Abstract: This paper analyzes testimony about forced prostitution voiced in New York City’s Court of General Sessions from 1908 to 1915. During these years, the problem of coercive prostitution â€“ commonly called”white slavery”â€“ received an unprecedented amount of attention from … Continue reading
â€œImagining Sadie”is a short film produced by Penn Law students Haley Goldman, J.D. 2009; B.B. Liu, J.D. 2008; and Melissa Mao, J.D. 2009. It tells the story of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander as she exists in the imaginations of … Continue reading
An overview of women’s political and cultural history: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Like any history, it has viewpoints you may not agree with.
This year the New England School of Law celebrates its centennial. It was founded in 1908 as a women’s law school. The school’s website (here) lists some of the great events planned to mark the occasion, including … Continue reading
‘We are at War and You Should Not Bother the President’: The Suffrage Pickets and Freedom of Speech During World War I
This is the title of an interesting new article from Villanova Law Professor and Jeopardy Champion Cathy Lanctot. The abstract is below, and you can download it here: The story of Alice Paul’s National Woman’s Party and its 1917 … Continue reading
A website featuring lesbian paperback artwork from the 1950s and 1960s.
Abstract: Throughout the Cold War 1950s, the NAACP sustained an ambitious campaign for African-American workers’ constitutional right to join unions and access decent jobs. Surprisingly, it did so not in the courts, but in executive branch agencies and committees. Blending … Continue reading
On June 1, 1950, Senator Margaret Chase Smith (b. 1897 d. 1995) made her “Declaration of Conscience” in the Senate. Speaking out against McCarthyism, she said: Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are … Continue reading
From the Powell’s Page: To illustrate the challenges facing women of her generation, author Judith Richards Hope describes the lives and careers of a handful of barrier-breaking women, including herself, from Harvard Law School’s pivotal class of 1964, who fought … Continue reading
That’s the title of a column by academic historian Mary Beth Norton that appeared in The Nation, describing new books about important women in history. Norton writes: … Groundbreaking books by historians Judith Wellman, Lori Ginzburg and Jean Baker, among … Continue reading
From this website: “The History of U.S. Feminism is an introductory text designed to be used as supplementary material for first-year women’s studies students or as a brush-up text for more advanced students. Covering the first, second, and third waves … Continue reading
See it here. Read the transcript here. Warning: Sexist cigarette ads ahoy, and Sanger’s “quip” about smoking at the end of the interview is disturbing. Actually, maybe “sad” is a better descriptor. I guess she felt she needed to plug … Continue reading
Abstract: For the past three years, women leaders from national groups, grassroots organizations, academia and beyond have gathered to address dissonance in the women’s movement, particularly dissatisfaction with the movement’s emphasis on women privileged on account of their race, class, … Continue reading
See Diary of an Anxious Black Woman for her “Super Post” on this topic. While you are there, read through ABW’s many excellent recent posts, especially her “Black Herstory” series.
Find a fantastic, informative post by this title at WOC PhD.
Via Get Shouty: Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees There’s no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that point. The … Continue reading
On February 15, 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed legislation allowing women to be admitted to practice before the Supreme Court. Belva Lockwood became the first woman admitted to practice under the new law. Jill Norgren published her biography of … Continue reading
Read Historiann’s Little thoughts on biography and women’s history. Actually, you just read her blog from cover to cover, it’s great.
Rosa Parks will be this year’s sole inductee in the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame according to this article in the Charlotte Observer. Something about a Women’s Hall of Fame seems anachronistic to me. If I were creating … Continue reading
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I’m teaching Muller v. Oregon (1908) on Thursday. For those who don’t recall it, it’s the case during the Lochner era in which the Court upheld a maximum hour statute because the statute applied solely to women. The opinion has … Continue reading
Via the awesome Nancy McClernan, “Nudity Required, No Pay” is a blog that tracks exploitive treatment of actors. The blog author, Gabby, notes: I’ve been a struggling actress for the last few years. When I first started off, it seemed … Continue reading
Historian Alice Kessler-Harris asks in yesterday’s Chronicle of Higher Education, “Do We Still Need Women’s History?” She reflects on the shift in the study of “women’s history” to historical perspectives on “gender:” The shift to gender has had … Continue reading
On the origins of Thanksgiving as a national holiday, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History features this article, “Giving Thanks: Women Move to Create a Holiday” on its sponsored website historynow.org: [T]he idea of a permanent, national day of … Continue reading
Yesterday, Catherine G. Roraback died at the age of 87. She represented the appellants in Griswold v. Connecticut. A short bio is here. Some key excerpts: Long before the advent of public interest law Roraback made it … Continue reading