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Upcoming Events

Unveling of the "Making Women's Legal History" Display

February 12, 2016

Part of the Tenely Campus Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Gender, Migration, and the Workplace: Contemporary Challenges for Female and LGBT Migrants

February 13, 2016
12:30-1:45 PM
Part of the Tenley Campus Weekend Celebration

Revenge Porn, Cyber Stalking, & Online Harassment:
Are There Legal Remedies?

February 23, 2016

12:00-1:00 PM


Getting to Equal: A Discussion with the World Bank's Women, Business and the Law Team
March 2, 2016
10:00- 11:50am


Gender & Law Supreme Court Series

March 3, 2016
12:00- 1:00pm


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.

Our Projects

Comparative Family Law

Gender, Health & Justice

Gender Jurisprudence & International Criminal Law

About The Project

Interdisciplinary Project on Human Trafficking

Integrating Gender Into Legal Education

IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections

Student Debt and Education Justice