Publication Date

12-15-2020

Document Type

Working Paper

Advisor

Professor John Hall

Journal of Economic Literature Classification Codes

J78, K00, P51

Key Words

Critical Race Feminism, Feminist Legal Theory, Legal Systems, Nancy Levit, Occupational Segregation

Abstract

This inquiry seeks to establish the foundations for Feminist Legal Theory through considering its three important dimensions. These dimensions are: a) a distinct and unique historical background; b) an ongoing legacy of occupational segregation; and c) a persistence of gender inequality. This inquiry relies heavily upon Feminist Legal Theory: A Primer (2016) authored by Nancy Levit, et al. Since the emergence of the area of inquiry known as “critical race feminism,” feminist legal theory has been moving away from the principle of formal equality and towards intersectional equity. Feminist legal theorists like Angela Harris (1990), in her work Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory, have driven the push away from gender essentialism and towards true political, social, and economic equity—the ultimate feminist goal.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/34552

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