Rethinking Equality Projects in Law

Feminist Challenges

Rosemary C. Hunter (Redaktør)

The concept of equality has been a key animating principle of modern feminism, and has been highly productive for feminist legal thought and feminist politics concerning law. Today however, given the failure to achieve material and psychic equality for women, feminists have come to challenge the usefulness of equality as a concept, a particular definition, or a basis for strategising. Les mer
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The concept of equality has been a key animating principle of modern feminism, and has been highly productive for feminist legal thought and feminist politics concerning law. Today however, given the failure to achieve material and psychic equality for women, feminists have come to challenge the usefulness of equality as a concept, a particular definition, or a basis for strategising. The papers in this collection reflect these concerns, primarily in the context of English-speaking, common law cultures. Collectively, the papers analyse a range of equality projects across a number of areas of public and private law, considering both competing conceptions of equality and alternatives to it. In taking stock across a century and a half and around the globe, the book illustrates the range of ways in which equality projects in law have been challenged by, and remain a challenge for, feminism.

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Notes on Contributorsix
Introduction: Feminism and Equality1(12)




Rosemary Hunter





Part I Equality Projects in Law Reform





The Married Women's Property Acts: Equality Was Not the Issue

13(28)




Rosemary Auchmuty





The Demise of the Provocation Defence and the Failure of Equality Concepts

41(18)




Heather Douglas





Is Equality Enough? Fathers' Rights and Women's Rights Advocacy

59(22)




Susan B Boyd





Alternatives to Equality

81(24)




Rosemary Hunter





Part II Constitutional Equality Projects





Equality Rights: What's Wrong?

105(20)




Reg Graycar





Jenny Morgan





Haunting (In)equalities

125(24)




Karin Van Marle





Part III Personal Equality Projects in the Legal Profession





Gender Equality and Legal Professionalism: Challenges for the First Women Lawyers

149(22)




Mary Jane Mossman





That Obscure Object of Desire: Sex Equality and the Legal Profession

171(24)




Hilary Sommerlad

Index195

Om forfatteren

Rosemary Hunter is a Professor of Law at the University of Kent, Canterbury, the Academic Editor of Feminist Legal Studies, and Chair of the RCSL Working Group on Gender and Law.