The United States Feminist Judgments Project is a collaborative effort of more than 100 feminist law professors to rewrite U.S. legal decisions from a feminist perspective. Spearheaded by editors Kathy Stanchi, Linda Berger and Bridget Crawford, the Project began as a rewriting of key United States Supreme Court cases, but has expanded to include other courts and areas of law. To demonstrate that a feminist jurisprudence is possible with our current law, authors were required to situate themselves as judges at the time of the original decision, using only the precedent available then. In that way, the Project shows the true potential of our current law to advance social justice and equality for all people.
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Media About the Project
“Feminist Judgments puts a new spin on famous Supreme Court cases.”
-Mother Jones, 2015 (read the whole article here)
“Alternative history was once the stuff of novels and films. Now Feminist Judgments is poised to pioneer a new kind of academic discourse, in which the power of the imagination is committed to a much more productive purpose—harnessing the legal process to remedy centuries of bias, exclusion and injustice.”
Time Magazine, Sidebar “What If Women Had Always Served on the U.S. Supreme Court” (2015).
Critical Acclaim for the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project
“If there was any doubt that feminist analysis can make a difference, Feminist Judgments dispels that doubt. This fascinating collection of feminist re-imaginings of iconic Supreme Court decisions demonstrates both the power of feminist thinking and its diversity. The intellectual reach of this volume is stunning…. This work will be an immediate classic in feminist legal analysis.”
– Katharine T. Bartlett, A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
“The country’s leading feminist and constitutional scholars re-envision the central Supreme Court cases—from privacy to interracial marriage, abortion to fathers’ rights, and sex stereotyping to affirmative action—in a powerful display of the importance of perspective.”
– Nancy Levit, Curators’ and Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law, UMKC School of Law
“The ability to imagine a world different from the one we occupy is the first, critical step toward making change. This book offers us that radical act of imagination. Re-envisioning more than two dozen landmark opinions, the authors challenge us to throw off the shackles of doctrine and think generatively about sex, sexuality, and gender. It is essential reading for students, scholars, lawyers, and anyone who cares about the future of equality.”
– Kathryn Abrams, Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley
“Feminist Judgments is a tour de force! Providing a feminist lens through which to read canonical decisions, these careful and thoughtful reviews should be required reading for law students and professors alike.”
– Melissa Murray, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law