Women’s Press
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
2005 feminism law inclusion cvr
256 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
May 2005
Print ISBN: 9781894549455
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Overview

The contributions to this collection are written by legal advocates, community activists and legal scholars. While the Introduction and Commentary provide a theoretical overview, the ten essays examine theories of intersectionality to demonstrate how race, class, sexual orientation, gender and identity have been integrated into legal scholarship and activism in an attempt to shape legal policy and practice.

Section 1, "Theory in Action," addresses anti-racism in community legal practice, the legal construction of women's sexuality as deviant, the protection of sexual orientation under human rights legislation, and the gender and racial characteristics of the judiciary. Section 2, "Organizations in Action," looks at women's place in the legal profession, international women's rights, and disrupting discriminatory practices in the workplace. Section 3, "Law in Action," discusses the rights of Native women, racial bias in legal judgements, and the recognition and protection of same-sex spousal rights.

Feminism, Law, Inclusion is an important contribution to the ongoing development of this critical discourse.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Surveying the Landscape: An Introduction to Feminism, Law, Inclusion - Rachel L. Osborne & Charles C. Smith

Commentary: Gender, Race, Class and Sexual Orientation: Theorizing the Intersections - Rebecca Johnson

PART I: THEORY IN ACTION

Chapter 1: Equity for Communities: Integrating Legal Counsel and Critical Race Theory - Erica Lawson & Amanda Hotrum

Chapter 2: In Absentia: Women and the Sexual as a Social Construct in Law - Gayle MacDonald

Chapter 3: The Fiction of Judicial Impartiality - Maryka Omatsu

Chapter 4: Preserving Heteronormativity: Trinity Western University v. British Columbia College of Teachers - Lori G. Beaman

PART II: ORGANIZATIONS IN ACTION

Chapter 5: Locating Landmarks: Producing an Educational Video on Women and the Law - Jan Kainer

Chapter 6: International Women's Rights and Evidence-Based Advocacy - Marilou McPhedran

Chapter 7: An Attempt to Save Employment Equity: Community Advocacy versus the Ontario Government - Daina Green

PART III: LAW IN ACTION

Chapter 8: Gender Discrimination under the Indian Act: Bill C-31 and First Nations Women - Beverley Jacobs

Chapter 9: R.D.S. v. Her Majesty the Queen: A Case About Home - Sherene Razack

Chapter 10: M. v. H.: The Case for Gay and Lesbian Equality in Marriage and Family Law - Martha McCarthy & Joanna Radbord

Bibliography
Contributors

Gayle MacDonald

Gayle MacDonald is professor of Sociology at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. She is the co-author of Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back (2006-7), the editor of Social Location and Social Context in the Sociology of Law (2002), and is currently editing a collection on women's resistance to law, with Ellen Faulkner.


Rachel L. Osborne

Rachel Osborne is a policy advisor in the area of educational governance.


Charles C. Smith

Charles Smith is Equity Advisor to the Canadian Bar Association and a Lecturer in Cultural Pluralism in the Arts at University of Toronto Scarborough.


Reviews

"This book brims with insights about the ways in which law has compelled women to resist its burdens and challenge its partialities. The contributors take seriously theorizing and describing inclusive intersectionalities from feminist perspectives. It is a must read for well-informed scholars and activists, whether legally trained or not."
—  Beverley Baines, professor in Women's Studies and Law at Queen's University

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