Feminist Jurisprudence

MacKinnon, Catharine A.
January 1998
Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History;1998, p221
Book Chapter
The article explores the issue of feminist jurisprudence. Feminist jurisprudence first appeared in print in 1978 in the inaugural issue of the Harvard Women's Law Journal. Jurisprudence refers to the relation between life and law, as well as a body of particular judicial interpretation and application of law. Feminism seeks to end the subordination of women. Feminist jurisprudence thus pioneers a relation between life and law through which women's unequal social reality will be legally confronted and transformed. So long as law is a form social power takes, an avenue for relief of injury, a right of citizenship, a lever for social legitimacy, and a force in women's lives, feminist jurisprudence will seek to make law respond to women as well as to men.


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