Professor John Hall
Journal of Economic Literature Classification Codes
J78, K00, P51
Critical Race Feminism, Feminist Legal Theory, Legal Systems, Nancy Levit, Occupational Segregation
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.
© Taylor Feltham
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Feltham, Taylor "Foundations for Feminist Legal Theory Working Paper No. 46", Portland State University Economics Working Papers. 46. (15 December 2020) i + 19 pages.