A Quarter of a Century of Feminism in Law: Back to the Future?
The University of Sydney Law School
July, 23 2008
Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 117-120, 1999
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/74
This article, part of a symposium to mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Alternative Law Journal (which started life as the Legal Service Bulletin), looks back over 25 years of feminist activism in law, and charts how hard-earned feminist reforms to areas of law that operate in a gendered manner are constantly under pressure. Amongst the issues mentioned are sexual assault, domestic violence, and the gendered nature of the criminal justice system. The article also discusses differences between the methods of feminist legal activism in North America (the US and Canada) and in Australia. Specifically, in Australia feminists are far more likely to turn to legislatures than to the courts, and we discuss some of the reasons for that.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: Abortion, Sexual Assault, Gender, Litigation, Law Reform, Legal Strategies, Feminist Legal Scholarship
JEL Classification: K10, K30
Date posted: July 23, 2008