More Women's History Month Resources in Honor of Lady Day

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Of all the things that I learned in library school, the two principles that I am always trying to impress upon my fellow Guild members are LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) and "Give 'em what they want!" (Rawlinson, Nora. "Give `Em What They Want." Library Journal 106 [November 15, 1981]: 2188-2190. Available in Ebsco's Academic Search Premier). This post falls under the latter category.

After my International Women's Day/Women's History Month Resources to Further Your Movement Work post went live earlier this month, I received several emails from friends and colleagues asking for more.

My colleague Neptune emailed to point out that today, March 25, was once known as "Lady Day." He wasn’t talking about Billie Holiday, but rather the traditional name of the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, which functioned as the beginning of the legal year in Britain and its colonies until 1752. That year marked the transition from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, when January 1 replaced today as the day when the gyms of the Western world fill with people chanting "This is gonna be my year!”

In any event, not being one to ever turn down a legal research project, I compiled the list below.

Hopefully, the resources below will help further your Guild work toward gender equality or, at the very least, provide a spark of inspiration.

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Reports of Interest

  • 2011-2012 Law Review Diversity Report — The New York Law School Law Review published its law review diversity report examining female and minority student representation among law review membership and leadership nationwide. The reports are based on research conducted in collaboration with Ms. JD and include results based on surveys of the flagship, general interest law review or journal at ABA-approved law schools. More info here.
  • Israel: Reproduction and Abortion: Law and Policy — This report analyzes Israel's approach to reproductive care and discusses the governing law as well as the allocation of funding for this purpose.
  • Sex Selection & Abortion — Sex determination, and the selective abortion of fetuses is widespread in some countries. In the past, this may have been due to permissive abortion laws, which in some circumstances led to abortion being used for sex selection. After abortion laws were tightened, technological innovation revolutionized medicine, with prenatal diagnosis being one such area. This new technology has immense potential to allow parents to avoid genetically oriented problems, but its use has had the effect of making it relatively easy for parents to opt for abortion as a means of sex selection when the parents did not wish to have a child of a particular sex. This comparative summary provides an analysis of laws on the subject of sex selection and abortion in Australia, Canada, India, and New Zealand.

Recordings of Interest

Books of Interest

  • Feminist legal history: essays on women and law → ISBN 9780814787205
  • Gender justice and legal pluralities : Latin American and African perspectives → 9780415526067
  • Gender, religion, & family law: theorizing conflicts between women’s rights and cultural traditions → ISBN 9781611683264
  • Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law → ISBN 9780896087965
  • Rebels at the bar: the fascinating, forgotten stories of America’s first women lawyers → ISBN 9780814758625
  • Regulating the international movement of women: from protection to control → ISBN 9780415579490
  • Self-determination and women’s rights in Muslim societies → ISBN 9781611682793
  • The UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women: a commentary → ISBN 9780199565061
  • Women, judging and the judiciary: from difference to diversity → ISBN 9780415548618
  • Women in classical Islamic law: a survey of the sources → ISBN 9789004174351

Websites of Interest

  • The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies protects the fundamental human rights of refugee women, children, LGBTQI individuals, and others who flee persecution in their home countries. CGRS provides legal expertise and training, engages in impact litigation; policy development; research; and in-country fact-finding, and uses international human rights tools to advance refugees’ human rights and address the root causes of their persecution.
  • The Center for Reproductive Rights works toward the time when that promise is enshrined in law in the United States and throughout the world. The center envisions a world where every woman is free to decide whether and when to have children; where every woman has access to the best reproductive healthcare available; where every woman can exercise her choices without coercion or discrimination. More simply put, the center envisions a world where every woman participates with full dignity as an equal member of society.
  • The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum is a bridge. The forum bridges the many issues that confront API women and their communities. The forum bridges the diversity of the 40-plus language groups that are represented under the Asian and Pacific Islander census category. We bridge the many places where our communities reside. The forum bridges the many waves of immigration of the API community: mothers to daughters and first generation to 4th generation immigrants. The forum bridges strategies of individual empowerment with a larger vision of mobilizing power for justice, equality and peace.
  • The National Women's Council of Ireland is the representative organization for women and women's groups in Ireland. Our mission is to achieve women's equality and empower women to work together to remove inequalities. The council has a growing number of nearly 200 member organizations throughout the South and North of Ireland, including community based women's organizations, disability groups, violence against women organizations, national network, political parties, youth groups, trade unions and business organizations. The council also has a growing number of supporting individuals and groups.
  • The National Council for Research on Women is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. The council also has a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share its commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.
  • The Ontario Women's Justice Network focuses on legal aspects of violence against women and children. Specifically, OWJN seeks to "promote an understanding of the law with respect to the issue of violence against women and children" through the provision of accessible legal information. The website houses numerous resources on different forms of violence against women including court decisions and analyses, information regarding legislation, and other documents and publications. Links to other websites and research can also be located under "resources." 
  • The Service Women's Action Network works to transform military culture by securing equal opportunity and freedom to serve without discrimination, harassment or assault, and to reform veterans’ services to ensure high quality health care and benefits for women veterans and their families.
  • The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, SLRP seeks to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. The project’s members believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, the world must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
  • The Women's Budget Group is an independent (UK-based) organization bringing together individuals from academia, non-governmental organizations and trades unions to promote gender equality through appropriate economic policy. In all its work, the group asks the question: 'Where do resources go, and what impact does resource allocation have on gender equality?' The impact that government expenditure can have on women's everyday lives, especially women experiencing poverty, is of particular concern to the group. 
  • The Women's Human Rights Resources Programme collects, organizes and disseminates information on women's human rights law to facilitate research, teaching and cooperation. The information introduces women's human rights law in general, emphasizes selected international and Canadian topics, and explores the interconnections between domestic and international human rights law. 
  • The pan-African Women in Law and Development in Africa network was conceived through a conference entitled "Women, Law and Development: Networking for Empowerment in Africa" held in Harare, Zimbabwe, home to its present day secretariat. The aim of the conference was to establish an organization that promotes and strengthens a society that strives to empower women and improve their status in Africa. 
  • Women’s Legal Services Australia is a national network of community legal centers specializing in women’s legal issues. WLSA is part of the National Association of Community Legal Centres. The national network was established to be actively involved in law reform activities to ensure that, particularly women and children, are not disadvantaged by laws and to lobby for improved access to justice.