Women, Globalization, and Law: A Change of World
Pace International Law Review, Fall 2005
33 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2005
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
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