Feminist Legal Theories

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Multidisciplinary focus
Surveying many disciplines, this anthology brings together an outstanding selection of scholarly articles that examine the profound impact of law on the lives of women in the United States. The themes addressed include the historical, political, and social contexts of legal issues that have affected women's struggles to obtain equal treatment under the law. The articles are drawn from journals in law, political science, history, women's studies, ...
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Overview

Multidisciplinary focus
Surveying many disciplines, this anthology brings together an outstanding selection of scholarly articles that examine the profound impact of law on the lives of women in the United States. The themes addressed include the historical, political, and social contexts of legal issues that have affected women's struggles to obtain equal treatment under the law. The articles are drawn from journals in law, political science, history, women's studies, philosophy, and education and represent some of the most interesting writing on the subject.

The law in theory and practice
Many of the articles bring race, social, and economic factors into their analyses, observing, for example, that black women, poor women, and single mothers are treated by the wielders of the power of the law differently than middle class white women. Other topics covered include the evolution of women's legal status, reproduction rights, sexuality and family issues, equal employment and educational opportunities, domestic violence, pornography and sexual exploitation, hate speech, and feminist legal thought. A valuable research and classroom aid, this series provides in-depth coverage of specific legal issues and takes into account the major legal changes and policies that have had an impact on the lives of American women.

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Karen J. Maschke
holds a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University. Her area of specialization in public law, with a concentration on women and the law. She is the author of Litigation, Courts, and Women Workers (Praeger, 1989) and has published articles concerning women's legal rights. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the national Endowment for the Humanities.
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Table of Contents

Series Introduction
Volume Introduction
Difference and Dominance: On Sex Discrimination (1984) 2
Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics 23
Challenging Law, Establishing Differences: The Future of Feminist Legal Scholarship 53
Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory 73
Feminist Critical Theories 109
Toilets as a Feminist Issue: A True Story 131
Nasty Law or Nice Ladies? Jurisprudence, Feminism, and Gender Difference 159
From Practice to Theory, or What is a White Woman Anyway? 191
Ain't I a Feminist? 201
Feminist Theory in Law: The Difference It Makes 213
Whiteness and Women, In Practice and Theory: A Reply to Catharine MacKinnon 237
Tradition, Change, and the Idea of Progress in Feminist Legal Thought 273
Acknowledgments 315
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