Saturday, December 7, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
From Ms. JD: Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating Forgotten Stories of America's First Women Lawyers, by Jill Norgren.
In Rebels at the Bar, prize-winning legal historian Jill Norgren recounts the life stories of a small group of nineteenth century women who were among the first female attorneys in the United States. Beginning in the late 1860s, these determined rebels pursued the radical ambition of entering the then all-male profession of law. They were motivated by a love of learning. They believed in fair play and equal opportunity. They desired recognition as professionals and the ability to earn a good living.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Akron Law's Miller-Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility welcomes tomorrow Supreme Court reporter Joan Biskupic. Her talk is From Thurgood Marshall to Sonia Sotomayor: The Voices of Groundbreaking Supreme Court Justices. Biskupic "will reflect on the careers of Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, the country’s first Hispanic justice, and the impact their service has made on the high court." She is the author of biographies on Justices O'Connor and Scalia.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
I previously posted about the Lutheran Church's efforts to explore gender issues of theology and patriarchy and social justice efforts for sex trafficking and domestic violence. One of the books the scholars behind the curriculum recommend is The Gender Knot.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
The non-fiction finalists for the National Book Award include:
Wendy Lower, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, discussed in the NYT Arts Blog "Ordinary Women"
presents the harrowing evidence of crimes committed by German women during the Holocaust and “Ms. Lower’s revisionist insight is to track more mundane lives, and to argue for a vastly wider complicity.”
Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Ben's sister), reviewed in the The New York Times.
That, in the end, is the message of the book: Lepore shows how the lives of the siblings were irrevocably shaped by gender. The brother, a man able to rise from poverty and to become a successful politician, is universally acknowledged to have been a genius. Was his sister one too? We cannot know, because her life was as much determined by her gender identity as was his: a woman who married young and badly, she spent most of her life mired in poverty
Saturday, October 5, 2013
I just published my annual edition of Women and the Law (2013). I think of the book as an annual collection of the greatest hits in scholarship on women's rights likely to be of interest to lawyers and legislators on the frontlines. The subjects covered include reproductive rights, family law, domestic violence, employment, education, and theory. Today's post features the section on feminist legal theory.
Joan Williams, Jumpstarting the Stalled Gender Revolution:Justice Ginsburg and Reconstructive Feminism,63 Hast. L.J. 1267 (2012)
Cary Franklin, Inventing the "Traditional Concept" of Sex Discrimination, 125 Harv. L. Rev. 1307 (2012)
Rosemary Salomone, Rights and Wrongs in the Debate Over Single-Sex Schooling, 93 Boston U.L. Rev. 971 (2013)
Saturday, September 28, 2013