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Critical Race Feminism goes to War: The States of Race (Sherene Razack, Malinda Smith, Sunera Thobani, eds.

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I’ve just finished reading this.   I enjoyed it, although that’s a strange reaction to assert in context of this book.  What I enjoyed was not the bad news that the authors offer (things haven’t changed that much, and the big change – 9/11 – wasn’t particularly positive), but the incisive arguments made by the contributors.  Click the book cover for the book’s amazon.ca page.

You may have seen the current Time Magazine cover story on the women of Afghanistan (August 9, 2010.  The cover reads “What happens if we leave Afghanistan”, and the cover picture is of a woman whose face was mutilated by Taliban troops after she tried to leave the home of her in-laws).  The articles and photo essay concentrate on the position of Afghan women as the US considers “exit strategies”.  The Afghan state may be forced to reconcile with the Taliban if foreign troops leave.   Reading Time after reading Yasmin Jiwani (media representations) and Sunera Thobani (feminist positions on the war) affected my thinking about the “point” of the Time article profoundly.

Time says:

We do not run this story or show this image either in support of the U.S. war effort or in opposition to it. We do it to illuminate what is actually happening on the ground. As lawmakers and citizens begin to sort through the information about the war and make up their minds, our job is to provide context and perspective on one of the most difficult foreign policy issues of our time. What you see in these pictures and our story is…. a combination of emotional truth and insight into the way life is lived in that difficult land and the consequences of the important decisions that lie ahead.

There are other interesting pieces in The States of Race.  I’m writing a review for the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, and haven’t finished it yet.  But I’m ready to recommend the book!

Law firms, the ideology of hypercompetitiveness, and gender, PLUS Jotwell.com

Well, this is a link to a link.   I wanted to highlight Jotwell – The Journal of Things We Like (Lots), and this way I can cram two good things into one short post.

First, Jotwell – a really neat (if highly US-centric) idea for a blog. Here is the Jotwell Mission Statement,but in a nutshell, Jotwell offers pithy and smart arguments about what you should read and why (well, part of why is that someone liked it “lots”).

Second, an article recommended by Carole Silver on Jotwell:

Eli Wald, Glass Ceilings and Dead Ends: Professional Ideologies, Gender Stereotypes, and the Future of Women Lawyers at Large Law Firms, 78 Fordham L. Rev. 2245 (2010) (part of a symposium, The Economic Downturn at the Legal Profession).

Continue reading Law firms, the ideology of hypercompetitiveness, and gender, PLUS Jotwell.com

Documenting the Race and Gender Pay Gap in the Ontario Legal Profession

This Law Society of Upper Canada report is based on the 2006 Census, including the 6400 lawyers who filled out the Long Form Census. Click here for the full report..  Ornstein (based at York University’s Institute for Social Research) documents the gender gap in earnings and the “much larger” difference between the earnings of racialized lawyers and White lawyers.  And apparently the gender gap in earnings isn’t decreasing anymore. There’s much more in the report.   Continue reading Documenting the Race and Gender Pay Gap in the Ontario Legal Profession

2008 Critical Perspectives on Environment and Women’s Health Workshop Co sponsored by IFLS and National Network on Environments and Women's Health

Supported by the National Network on Environment and Women’s Health (NNEWH), a Center of Excellence located at York University, this interdisciplinary workshop sought to engage with contemporary ideas around environmental health and justice.

“As feminists, activists and scholars we are committed to a social determinants of health model, which allows for an analysis of the complex ways in which environments produce and reproduce the conditions that create disparities in health. We are interested in exploring and deconstructing conceptions of nature, motherhood, ecologies and health as articulated within mainstream environmental discourses.

“We are seeking to overcome the tendency towards fragmentation of social movements, and to foster environmental justice organizing that takes account of gender, sexuality, race, citizenship and dis/ability in a way that is inclusive and that meaningfully accounts for difference.

Participant List

ANNE BLOOM Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

PASCALE FOURNIER Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and an associate at the university’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC)

LOCHLANN JAIN

Assistant Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University.

ARYN MARTIN Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Program in Science & Technology Studies at York University.

STU MARVEL (Osgoode PhD candidate)

ROXANNE MYKITIUK Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

DAYNA NADINE SCOTT Assistant Professor Osgoode Hall, cross-appointed with the Faculty of Environmental Studies

RACHEL STEIN professor of English and director of Women’s and Multicultural Studies at Siena College in New York.

NOËL STURGEON Chair and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Graduate Faculty in American Studies at Washington State University

CHERYL TEELUCKSINGH Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology at Ryerson University

This workshop inspired an article recently published by Prof. Dayna Scott (Osgoode) a co director of the NNEWH

Gender Benders: Sex and Law in the constitution of polluted bodies.  Feminist Legal Studies (2009) 17: 241

Springerlink to article (requires authorized access)