Columbia Journal of Gender and Law

A law journal devoted to original scholarship on the interaction between gender and law. Contributors are noted scholars in feminist jurisprudence, including judges, law professors, and law students. The editorial stance embraces an expansive view of femi

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 3, September

A Brief History of Gender Law Journals: The Heritage of Myra Bradwell's Chicago Legal News
In the front of the first issue of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law published twelve years ago, the members of the staff inserted a brief statement of purpose. (1) Claiming that their "working job titles confer[red] no greater or lesser power,...
A Journal of One's Own? Beginning the Project of Historicizing the Development of Women's Law Journals
Since the 1970s, feminism has helped transform the university and the production of knowledge. Not only have increasing numbers of female students, professors, and administrators entered universities, they have also created women's studies programs...
Converted or Unconverted: To Whom Shall We Preach?
Feminist legal scholarship has given insufficient attention to key analytic approaches that figure centrally in other areas of legal scholarship. This failure of feminist scholarship to make use of methods that have enriched other scholars' work has...
Cultivating Feminist Critical Inquiry
This short essay offers two observations regarding the continuing importance of feminist journals to the broader law school enterprise. I first address how feminist journals help to foster a culture of critical inquiry on law school campuses that is...
Diversity, Discourse, and the Mission of the Feminist Law Journal
I. INTRODUCTION Why a feminist law journal? In recent years, there has been a proliferation of law school journals. At present many schools have, in addition to the traditional "law review," journals which focus on race, environmental law, gay and...
Embracing Complexity: Human Rights in Critical Race Feminist Perspective
Is feminist human rights scholarship prepared to address the current crisis in international law and politics? Globalization, the reassertion of deep cultural divides, war, armed conflict, terrorism, (1) the HIV/AIDS pandemic, (2) the appalling economic...
Feminist Law Journals and the Rankings Conundrum
Spring is a fitting season to discuss the relationship between rankings and feminist law journals, as U.S. News and World Report prepares to release its annual rankings of American law schools. Decried by many academics as arbitrary and unfair, (1)...
Feminist Legal Scholarship: Charting Topics and Authors, 1978-2002
In their call for papers, the organizers of this symposium posed several questions, including: "Are feminist law journals a victim of their own success? Have they outlived their usefulness?" and "What is the state of feminist legal scholarship today?...
Form, Function, and Feminist Law Journals
An inquiry into the function of feminist law journals needs to ask first: functions for whom? The answer must, it seems to me, vary depending upon whose perspective we take. Let me single out for special emphasis the role of feminist journals for...
Gender, Sexuality, and Power: Is Feminist Theory Enough?
I. EDITOR'S NOTE: AN INTRODUCTION What are the boundaries of feminism? What is the relationship between feminism and non-feminism? In the following dialogue, four authors critically examine how to describe feminism and what it can and cannot...
I Know It When I See It, or What Makes Scholarship Feminist: A Cautionary Tale
Before we can intelligently discuss the significance of feminist law journals, it is important, as a preliminary matter, to identify and define what makes scholarship feminist. (1) While we may have an intuitive sense of which writings are feminist...
Journals as a Feminist Playground
When I told the organizers of this symposium I wished to take as my topic the problems of disagreement among feminists, they put me on a panel they had titled "Why Do We Eat Our Young?: Journals As a Feminist Battleground." Like Katherine Franke, whose...
Lessons about Autonomy and Integration from International Human Rights, Law Journals, and the World of Golf
In this essay I will consider the questions posed by the symposium--"why have a feminist law journal?" and the specific question of this panel, "which master, autonomy or integration, do we or should we serve?"--together with the parallel questions...
Looking in the Honest Mirror of Privilege: "Polite White" Reflections
When I look in the honest mirror of white feminist legal scholarship I see reflected back at me a failure by those of us "polite white" feminists to seriously address the substantive critiques authored by women of color in the last twenty years. It...
Moving the Margins
Thank you to the symposium organizers for inviting me to speak. The symposium theme, a n exploration of the justification and need for a feminist law journal, and the panel I participated in focusing on the concept of marginalization, strike me as...
Not Whistlin' Dixie: Now, More Than Ever, We Need Feminist Law Journals
Feminist and women's law journals have done terribly important work. They (1) have published articles that would not otherwise have been read, covered issues largely untouched by more traditional reviews, and reviewed books that might otherwise have...
On Discipline and Canon
While the title of the panel I participated in was "Why Do We Eat Our Young?", I think I prefer: "On Discipline and Canon," or to rework the title of the panel in the program, "Why Do We Eat Our Girlfriends?" In my short remarks, I would like to...
Proliferation
In the spirit of intellectual inquiry, the editors have chosen to hold a symposium asking how the unique mission of the journal is to be justified. Self-assessment is a courageous undertaking. Here we see exemplified one of the great benefits of journals...
Speaking Volumes: Musings on the Issues of the Day, Inspired by the Memory of Mary Joe Frug
Liz: The symposium began with a discussion about history--the history of feminism and of women's law journals. Many of us who participated were part of this history, and Mary Joe Frug was as well. Since April 4, the day that the symposium was held,...
Tenure Politics and the Feminist Scholar
I. CONFRONTING OBSTACLES I begin my remarks here today by assuming that someone else in this symposium has affirmed the positive role played by the feminist law journal, as a material byproduct of the women's movement in academia, in shaping the...
The Rights of Women in International Human Rights Law Textbooks: Segregation, Integration, or Omission?
Our panel was asked to address the question: whom do feminist law journals serve, and how does that affect the answers to questions of autonomy versus integration? One important role of any student-edited law journal is the pedagogical role, with students...
Thinking about Feminism, Social Justice, and the Place of Feminist Law Journals: A Letter to the Editors
Dear Editors: You, like the editors who came before you, have staked a place in an invigorating and challenging conversation about the transformative potential of feminist approaches to social justice. (1) As you envision and edit your journal,...
Two "Colored" Women's Conversation about the Relevance of Feminist Law Journals in the Twenty-First Century
INTRODUCTION The invitation to participate in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law symposium on the relevance of feminist law journals provided an ideal opportunity for us to reassess our collective endeavors as teachers, scholars, and advocates...
Why a Duck? Are Feminist Legal Journals an Endangered Species, and If So, Are They Worth Saving?
In the movie Cocoanuts Groucho Marx is explaining the blueprints for a real estate development. He has just pointed out a viaduct, when Chico interrupts: Why a duck? Why a--why a duck? Why-a-no-chicken?" [Groucho] ... You try to cross over there...
Why a Feminist Law Journal? A Call for Parity
We began at the beginning. The opening talk of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law's Spring 2003 symposium "Why a Feminist Law Journal?" detailed the career of Myra Bradwell, legal publisher and icon of American women lawyers. (1) Bradwell famously...
Why a Feminist Law Journal? Introduction to the Issue
I. OUR PROJECT The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law (JGL) editorial board formed in 1989, and we produced our first issue in 1991. But fourteen years after our conception, we found ourselves wondering, "Why a Feminist Law Journal?"--questioning...
Women Law Journals in the New Millennium: How Far Have They Evolved? and Are They Still Necessary?
It is no secret that women are entering law school and the legal academy in significant numbers in the new millennium. And their numbers have been on the rise since the early 1970s. For those of us entering law school around that time, inspired by...
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