Feminist Theory and Legal Practice: A Case Study on Unemployment Compensation and the Male Norm
Deborah A. Maranville
University of Washington School of Law
April 5, 1992
Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 43, p. 1081, 1992
Drawing on the example of an unemployment compensation hearing handled in a law school clinic, I argue that a familiarity with feminist legal theory’s insights concerning the gendered effects of our legal institutions can help a legal practitioner recognize the potential for new legal arguments. The hearing challenged a policy that limited benefits to individuals seeking full-time work, a policy encompassing a “male norm” in a public benefits program originally targeted at workers complying with a “male” vision of the ideal worker.
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Keywords: unemployment insurance compensation, feminist legal theory, theory-practice, gender, male norm, public benefitsAccepted Paper Series
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