Women, Globalization, and Law: A Change of World

Pace International Law Review, Fall 2005

Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-17

33 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2005  

Barbara Stark

Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Abstract

Adrienne Rich describes a radical global change in the deliberately inconsequential - and gendered - terms of fashion. In the poem, however, fashion transforms mountains and oceans more venerable than patriarchy itself. Historically inconsequential women, similarly, are shaping globalization even as globalization transforms their lives. This change of world is profound and deeply contested.

This Article first provides an overview and then analyzes this change of world in three specific contexts. It is not intended to be comprehensive; rather, I simply hope to suggest a few of the ways in which globalization affects the world's women and how they in turn affect globalization. I am particularly interested in the ways in which human rights law legitimates and furthers women's multiple, often conflicting, agendas and how feminist theories can be used to interrogate them and expose their complexity.

Keywords: feminism, globalization, international human rights

Suggested Citation

Stark, Barbara, Women, Globalization, and Law: A Change of World. Pace International Law Review, Fall 2005; Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=743387

Barbara J. Stark (Contact Author)

Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law ( email )

121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
United States

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