Category Archives: Feminists in Academia

CFP: Women’s Right Law Reporter, Rutgers School of Law Newark

The Women’s Rights Law Reporter is a quarterly journal of legal scholarship and feminist criticism published by students at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ. Now-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg founded the Reporter in 1970. It is … Continue reading

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Mary Dudziak on Women and Law Blogging

A twofer: Women and Blogging: what you can do right now at the Legal History Blog and cross-posted at Balkinization.

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IntLawGrrls is featuring a series on disability human rights.

Read it here.

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Anne W. Eaton, “A Sensible Antiporn Feminsm”

Published in Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy (Spring 2008). Downloadable here. In addition: Commentaries by Patrick D. Hopkins, Rae Langton, Ishani Maitra, Laurie Shrage. Reply by A.W. Eaton. Via Feminist Philosophers.

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“Child Centered Jurisprudence and Feminist Jurisprudence: Exploring The Connections And The Tensions” Friday, November 14, 2008 @ the University of Houston Law Center

From the Conference Website: This conference in November 2008 will explore the connections and the tensions between”feminist jurisprudence”and what might be called (in the language of June Carbone)”child-centered jurisprudence.”The experiences of American women have been entwined with their roles as … Continue reading

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Feminist law prof glass ceilings

Inspired by recent events at my own institution as well as conversations with other feminist law profs I’ve run into at recent conferences, here’s a pattern I see – wonder if others experience this.   One fem law prof summed … Continue reading

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Beverly Baines, “But Was She a Feminist Judge?”

Abstract: During her time on the bench, Justice Wilson refused to identify as a feminist. Her silence did not deter feminists from applauding many of her decisions. Nor did it preclude them from critiquing three opinions: Pelech, Morgentaler, and Hess. … Continue reading

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“New Questions on Women, Academe and Careers”

Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed wrote an article with this title, in which he notes: In field after field, women either outperform or equal men : only to lag in key positions in academe (or in other careers that … Continue reading

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Feminism and Legal Theory 25th Anniversary Conference – November 6-8th Emory University School of Law – Atlanta, GA

In 1991, Routledge published At the Boundaries of Law, the very first anthology in feminist legal theory.   This book has proven invaluable to scholars and students alike. The volume grew out of workshops given by the Feminism and Legal … Continue reading

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“Academic Bullies”

Chron story here. Via Historiann.

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June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, “Pregnancy often puts success out of reach for teens”

This is an Op-Ed by two fantastic Feminist Law Profs, and it is accessible here. Below is an excerpt: The news that Sarah Palin’s unwed teenage daughter is pregnant highlights a surprising reality in today’s America: The ultra-conservative morality many … Continue reading

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“Court Tosses Student’s Lawsuit Challenging Low Grade Received From Female Professor”

Read about this at the fabulous Title IX blog.

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Romantic Partners and Academics

Historiann has an interesting post entitled: “Marrying up,”and why that could screw up your career in which she notes: There’s a new report out on the careers of social scientists, via Inside Higher Ed. The University of Washington Center for … Continue reading

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Nancy E. Dowd, “Masculinities and Feminist Legal Theory: An Antiessentialist Project”

Abstract: Men, patriarchy and masculine characteristics have predominantly been examined within feminist theory as a source of power, domination, inequality and subordination. Various theories of inequality have been developed by feminists to challenge and reveal structures and discourses that reinforce … Continue reading

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“Herr Professor Daddy? I didn’t think so.”

Post every woman academic should read, here.

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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

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Minna Kotkin, “Of Authorship and Audacity: An Empirical Study of Gender Disparity and Privilege in the ‘Top Ten’ Law Reviews”

Abstract: In today’s law schools, article placement is a significant consideration in hiring, promotion, tenure, and lateral mobility. This article analyzes authorship by gender and home school “privilege” in 15 law reviews (the “top ten”) over a three year period. … Continue reading

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Maternity leave: a request for strategies and advice

Head over to Historiann and help a sister out!

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Upcoming Feminism and Legal Theory Project Events

More information on the following events will be available as the dates approach. Conflict and Transitional Justice: Feminist Approaches September 19-20, 2008. Emory University Gambrell Hall Truth Commissions and other forms of transitional justice have become ubiquitous as a mechanism … Continue reading

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A Few Observations About Mentoring

So I’m at a really great law prof conference. Best highlight so far was seeing Bridget Crawford, and listening to her interesting observations about the intersection of tax law and feminist legal theory.   In addition to being a brilliant … Continue reading

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Kelly Oliver, “Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media”

From the publisher: Ever since Eve tempted Adam with her apple, women have been regarded as a corrupting and destructive influence. The very idea that women can be used as interrogation tools, as evidenced in the Abu Ghraib torture photos, … Continue reading

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Law Prof Blog Recommendations: Increasing the Estrogen

We here at Feminist Law Professors don’t care about “size.” There isn’t a publicly accessible Site Meter here because we do not run commercial advertisements, and we try to offer some small measure of privacy protection to our readers. Publicly … Continue reading

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“F Files” Interview with Robert Jensen

Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here. Part 5 is here. Part 6 is here.

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San Diego Grand Hyatt Boycott (and Girlcott!)

Since this is the hotel where the AALS annual meeting is being held, I thought the FLP readership would be concerned about this story.   The Grand Hyatt’s owner gave $125K to the marriage ban campaign; now gay activists are … Continue reading

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Why Zuska Needs To Keep Blogging

Over at Thus Spake Zuska, Zuska decided to cull from her comments all the reasons she has been told she should not blog. Below are a few of them: You’re ugly. You’re old and ugly. You need to get laid. … Continue reading

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Physics For Girls

Absinthe has a disheartening observation about a high school physics text here.

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Announcing Women in International Economic Law, a new global organization in international law

Women in International Economic Law, a new global organization in international law, will hold its organizational meeting from 1:30 to 3 pm on Tuesday 15 July, in conjunction with the inaugural meeting of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) … Continue reading

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Martha T. McCluskey, “How Queer Theory Makes Neoliberalism Sexy: Right-Wing Economic Politics and the Queer Challenge to Feminism”

Abstract: Some strands of queer theory have echoed conservative law-and-economics (neoliberalism) in criticizing feminism’s turn to the state and to moral principle to solve problems of dependency and dominance. But on closer analysis, queer anti-statism and anti-moralism itself relies on … Continue reading

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Death of Louise Halper

From the FLP mailbox, this sad news of the death of Professor Louise Halper of Washington & Lee Law School:   Louise Halper, professor of law and director of the Frances Lewis Law Center at Washington and Lee University, died … Continue reading

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“Racism 2.0”

That’s the title of this thoughtful post at Diary of An Anxious Black Woman.

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Historiann Has A Great “Bossy Broads Round Up”

Read it here!

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“Repairing research integrity”

That is the title of an article in Nature which reports systematic scientific misconduct that is underreported, and postulates some of the reasons, noting: “Nearly one generation after the effort to reduce misconduct in science began, the responses by NIH … Continue reading

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Mary Anne Case on “Feminist Fundamentalism”

From here: At a time when so many different religious fundamentalisms are coming to the fore and demanding legal recognition, in this talk Prof. Case seeks to vindicate feminist fundamentalism, defined as an uncompromising commitment to the equality of the … Continue reading

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When Academia Fails Women

UC Irvine Political Science Professor  Kristen Monroe and her co-authors  Saba Ozyurt, Ted Wrigley and Amy Alexander have published their article, “Gender Equity in Academia: Bad News From the Trenches, and Some Possible Solutions,” in Perspectives on Politics.  Here is … Continue reading

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Paula Gunn Allen 1939-2008

Feminist author and scholar Paula Gunn Allen died on May 29, 2008.  Here is a portion of her  obituary from the LA Times: In the 1960s, when some in academia still denied the existence of Native American literature, Paula Gunn … Continue reading

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Catharine MacKinnon Will Receive An Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew University

From here: Leading international human rights advocate Prof. Catharine MacKinnon is to receive an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in recognition of her work in advancing gender equality. She will receive the honor at the opening Convocation … Continue reading

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On Gender and Science

Echidne has a great post here unpacking the sexism infusing this article which argues that women just “self select” away from science. Below is an excerpt (but go read the whole thing): … To see what stinks in all this, … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Michelle Simon Named Dean at Pace

From the Pace Law School press release: We are proud to announce that Michelle S. Simon has been appointed dean of the school, effective May 18, 2008. She has served as interim dean since June 4, 2007 when she succeeded … Continue reading

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More About Wash. U. Granting Phyllis Schlafly an Honorary Degree

Excellent posts by Brian Leiter here, here, and here. And, see also. Did someone make a huge financial donation to the school to arrange this travesty? One almost hopes that is the case, given that otherwise it makes no sense … Continue reading

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ToC from the latest issue of Am. U WCL’s Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law

Volume 16, Number 2 Article Giving Birth in Shackles: A Constitutional and Human Rights Violation Dana L. Sichel Presentation Naming The Unnamed: Intellectual Property Rights of Women Artists from India Ruchira Goswami & Karubakee Nandi COMMENTS Born To No Mother: … Continue reading

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Rory Dicker, “A History of U.S. Feminisms”

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

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Upcoming Conference at Brown: “Beyond Borders: Innovative Approaches to Combat Human Trafficking in the United States and Abroad”

May 24, 2008, 11:00 a.m. List Art Center Auditorium, 64 College Street, Providence According to the United Nations, over 12 million people worldwide are trafficked for forced labor or sexual exploitation every year. In the United States, an estimated 17,500 … Continue reading

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Happy May Day

Celebrate by reading Historiann’s May Day post!

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“Opponents carry injured home-run hitter around bases”

This story is pretty heartwarming: With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done, in high school or college. Her first home … Continue reading

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If You Haven’t Read Rebecca Solnit’s Essay, “Men Explain Things To Me,” You Must.

Here’s the link. Below is an excerpt, in case you need convincing: … He cut me off soon after I mentioned Muybridge. “And have you heard about the very important Muybridge book that came out this year?” So caught up … Continue reading

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“An Either/Or Decision: Keeping Women Out of Competitive Careers”

Tired of the “women won’t move here” and “women are just going to leave and have babies” stereotypes that get invoked as reasons not to extent qualified female candidates offers of employment? You aren’t alone. Read this post at the … Continue reading

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Webcasts from “CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?” (a Feminist Legal Theory & Feminisms Conference) are now available.

Here! This wonderful event was held at the U. of Baltimore School of Law on March 7, 2008.

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Symposium on Noëlle McAfee’s “Two Feminisms”

McAfee’s article is accessible here, via the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2005. McAfee writes at her blog: An article of mine that I wrote a few years ago,”Two Feminisms,”found a new life as the subject of … Continue reading

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“Workplace bullies and the academy”

Historiann has an interesting post with this title here. She notes that “women victimizing women” surfaces as a problem. She also trenchantly observes that academics can work around bullies easier than people in other occupational environments, writing: The only exception … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Beverly Moran Named ACE Fellow

Congratulations to Feminist Law Prof Beverly Moran (Vanderbilt), who has been named as a Fellow of the American Council on Education for the 2008-2009 academic year. The Fellows Program is “the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program in preparing … Continue reading

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