I put this out through the IFLS twitter, but I think it’s worth a post too. Queen’s Law is part of a new blog Women in Sport International and has created a Legal Research Team to go along with the blog project. Prof Kathy Lahey, some prominent former Olympic Athletes, and a team of students are the forces behind it.
I saw some members of this team (Erin Durant and Laura Robinson) put on a dynamic presentation about the history of women’s struggles with the IOC last October at Queen’s (related IFLS posts here one about a movie and the other about Olympic Ski Jumping). And I have been looking for someone to sort out the badminton skirts issue for me – i’ve been wondering about the different reactions of prominent international players – what is the relevance of the different national contexts in which they play/relate to fans/live? how does the international nature of the organization make the issue more complicated? The move has been pitched as a way of “glamourizing” the sport (sounds familiar)- but there’s also the suggestion that some of the shorts worn are actually more revealing of the body than skirts would be. So is this about dressing like a girl to look somehow less threatening, or just about looking sexier? Are these the same thing? Many, many vexing questions (let me be clear – the RULE i think is ridiculous. I’m just not sure how to analyse the reaction to the rule). For this reason and more, I look forward to more from this blog!
In analyzing the remaining barriers, we will think specifically about how to understand and to bridge the heterogeneity our group reflects – by glimpsing our shared stake in struggles of particular subgroups, and by focusing on the immediate institutional environment that we all share. We will also ask how we might use many kinds of connections among women – networking, mentoring, sharing of information – to secure greater opportunity, and transform the institutional settings in which we live and work.
Here’s just ONE of the panels, which would be worth the trip to DC I think:
Plenary Session: Women as Scholars
Anita L. Allen, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Lolita Buckner-Inniss, Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Bridget J. Crawford, Pace University School of Law
Sonia K. Katyal, Fordham University School of Law
Nancy Levit, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
Martha T. Mc Cluskey, University of Buffalo Law School,
State University of New York
Roberta Romano, Yale Law School
This panel will examine the challenges faced by particular groups of women scholars, such as junior faculty, women of color in feminist legal theory, or women striving for
visibility and influence in male-dominated fields. It will also explore newer vehicles or venues for scholarly work — such as popular books, university press monographs,
or blogging – and the effects on women’s scholarship of private funding for academic work.
“The inclusion of these events … is sure to be appreciated by athletes and sports fans alike,” IOC president Jacques Rogge said. “These are exciting, entertaining events that perfectly complement the existing events on the sports program, bring added appeal and increase the number of women participating at the Games.”
Strange news from Waterloo where Marie Curie is being used as a symbol of the dangers of learned women. Here’s a thorough post on the issue from Christine Cheng, Bennett Boskey Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Exeter College, University of Oxford and Doctoral candidate who does fascinating work on post conflict societies and natural resource struggles (focus on Liberia). She is a UWaterloo grad. She says:
There is also a larger social and historical context to this story that should not be forgotten. Twenty-two years ago, on December 6th, 1989, Marc Lépine, walked into the École Polytechnique (part of the engineering school at the Université de Montréal), then shot and killed fourteen female students, and wounded ten other women and four men. If you read the coroner’s report about how the men and women were systematically separated before the women were all shot in the name of feminism, or watch Denis Villeneuve’s film Polytechnique about the Montreal Massacre, a chill will run down your spine. This event casts a long shadow over incidents like those at UW.
Thanks to Anita H. at Osgoode for the tip on Curie.
And, from Rinku Sen at Colourlines, a book post on three women’s history books. I just had opportunity to read the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it is mindblowing in many ways. So many layers of history intertwined, melding the micro and the macro in a unique way, no surprise it won so much acclaim. I haven’t read the others. Got other books to suggest? Maybe for my fantasy IFLS book club (not the genre – i just mean at the moment the club is a fantasy).
Link to Christine Corcos’s Feminist Law Professors post on this issue. Her original post also offers an SSRN link to a paper reviewing Courting Justice, entitled Gender and the Judiciary in South Africa: A Review of the Documentary Film Courting Justice. Thank you Christine for pointing me to this deeply interesting film about South Africa, race, gender, and judging.
Courting Justice takes viewers behind the gowns and gavels to reveal the women who make up 18 percent of South Africa’s male-dominated judiciary. Hailing from diverse backgrounds and entrusted with enormous responsibilities, these pioneering women share with candor, and unexpected humor, accounts of their country’s transformation since apartheid, and the evolving demands of balancing their courts, country, and families.
Johannesburg Judge Mathilde Masipa believes that the changing profile of the Bench is increasing the legitimacy of the court. “In the past, people would stay away from the court and rather sort things out themselves. Now they see black people and women on the Bench and they say maybe, if you want justice, the high court is where you go.”