'Dancing in the Dark': A Review of Gwen Brodsky and Shelagh Day's Canadian Charter Equality Rights for Women: One Step Forward or Two Steps Back?

Windsor Yearbook Access to Justice, Vol. 10, p. 223, 1990

14 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2008

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Brenda Cossman

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 13, 2008

Abstract

The following article argues that while Brodsky and Day's study of the first three years of equality litigation under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is an important contribution in revealing the extent to which equality rights have been used by men rather than women and other disadvantaged groups, it fails to adequately interrogate the role of rights discourse in feminist struggles for social change. After reviewing the debates regarding rights discourse, the article argues that feminist litigation strategies must be informed by a more complicated understanding of the role of rights, and must be made accountable to the broader social movement.

Suggested Citation

Cossman, Brenda, 'Dancing in the Dark': A Review of Gwen Brodsky and Shelagh Day's Canadian Charter Equality Rights for Women: One Step Forward or Two Steps Back? (August 13, 2008). Windsor Yearbook Access to Justice, Vol. 10, p. 223, 1990. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1222882

Brenda Cossman (Contact Author)

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