Justice for the Menopause: A Research Agenda

10 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2021

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Naomi Cahn

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: January 19, 2021


This short essay, prepared for a symposium on menstruation, is an initial effort to catalogue various legal approaches to menopause and to set out areas for further analysis. It argues for consideration of menopause in the movement for menstrual and gender justice. It briefly explores cultural images of menopause and post-menopausal women, including the ubiquitous hot flashes and a sexuality, analyzes potential legal claims based on age, sex, and disability for menopausal justice, and suggests the interrelationship between such approaches and social attitudes towards menopause, menstruation, and gender. It suggests that “normalizing” menopause, acknowledging its realities, is one means for removing the associated stigma and disabilities and might result in reinterpreting existing laws and future legal reforms.

Keywords: gender, health, discrimination

Suggested Citation

Cahn, Naomi R., Justice for the Menopause: A Research Agenda (January 19, 2021). Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, vol. 41 (forthcoming 2021), Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2021-05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3769416

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