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Women Workers: Is Equality Enough? Judy Fudge in feminists@law

Former Osgoode professor, now Landsdowne Chair in Law at UVic Law and presently a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Kent Law, Judy Fudge recently gave an open lecture as part of her visit.  Feminists@law has the text in their most recent (open access!) issue, here.  Judy has an important body of work mainly in the area of employment and labour law.  See her faculty bio here.

The article delivers an interesting and important message about changing times and goals, arguing that equality as “equality between the genders” is inadequate in the context of an increasingly fragmented labour market.  Etc!  Enjoy:

Women’s claims to equality in employment have become more nuanced and complex as the contours of the gender order have been redrawn to reflect the growing diversity between women and a deterioration in what has been the normative or standard employment relationship for men. Using Canada and the United Kingdom to illustrate the changes in the labour market and gender order, the lecture calls into question the potential of equality norms, however expansive, to solve the problems women workers face in the wake of global austerity.

via Women Workers: Is Equality Enough? | Fudge | feminists@law.

Sr. UK judge: Women should be given priority for top law jobs

Women should be given priority for top law jobs, says one of Britain’s most senior judges | Mail Online.

 

Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger wants to use new legislation to favour female and minority candidates over white men if they are equally qualified for a role.

But the view is likely to be seen by critics as supporting illegal positive discrimination.

Meanwhile, here in Canada, we’re wigless, but more importantly, numbers of federal appointments of women are plummeting.  The Globe had a nice article, here and a  lovely infographic here,.

“If anything there is a larger pool of brilliant and exceptionally qualified women lawyers to draw upon since 2005,” Prof. Sheehy said. “If the current process of selection cannot deliver anything approaching a representative bench … then it is clear that something is broken.”

I’ve written about representation on the bench, (Reflections: On Judicial Diversity and Judicial Independence in this book) and I think it’s pretty clear that we have serious problems with judicial appointments which reflect the forms of discrimination which pervade our society.  The news that things are getting worse comes on top of the fact that things were not that great to begin with.

H/t IFLS member and Osgoode colleague Sara Slinn