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February 12, 2016
Part of the Tenely Campus Ribbon Cutting Celebration
February 13, 2016
Part of the Tenley Campus Weekend Celebration
February 23, 2016
Getting to Equal: A Discussion with the World Bank's Women, Business and the Law Team
March 2, 2016
Gender & Law Supreme Court Series
March 3, 2016
The Making Women’s Legal History display captures the enormous contributions of WCL’s founders, faculty, and students over the last 120 years to the integration of women in the practice of law and the advancement of women’s rights. The Women and the Law Program and the Pence Law Library curated this exhibit to bring our Founders with us into our new home, and to celebrate the next 120 years of feminist advocacy, scholarship, and activism at WCL.
The Women and the Law Program
Since 1984 the Women and the Law Program has promoted the integration of women's rights and gender studies into legal education, practice and doctrine. To foster the study and teaching of gender and international or comparative law, the program expanded to include a Women and International Law Program in 1994.
The Women and the Law Program emphasizes the role of law and legal education in transforming women's status around the world. The program challenges assumptions about the role of women in the family, civil society, and governance in domestic, international and transnational institutions. However, engaging in either academic study or advocacy alone is not enough if the people who make the legal and political decisions that shape women's lives- judges, lawyers and policy makers- ignore the concerns of women. Therefore, the program seeks to influence the thinking of political and social leaders who hold the power to address the legal dimensions of gender inequality. We aim to transform the training of lawyers and scholars so that they leave law school with an awareness of their power and obligation to remove the legal barriers to women's full participation in society.
Our program works at multiple levels to integrate gender into legal education by:
Encouraging the development of feminist legal thought;
Educating emerging legal scholars in gender studies;
Creating supportive networks of feminist scholars, practitioners and activists;
Disseminating scholarly and teaching materials that integrate gender into the study of law in specific contexts.