executive summary


It is hard to believe we are sitting down to put together this report, over four years since the Feminist Collective of McGill Law hosted their first photo campaign, which Huffington Post heralded as “pretty damn cool”. Two years later, inspired by the success of this first campaign, two members of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law teamed up with Whitney Lewis-Smith and Log Creative Bureau (now Huot & Vallentin) to release 33 portraits speaking to why law needs feminism. This was the introduction of the campaign as we know it today: Law Needs Feminism Because.

Now, here we are writing this report in awe of the growth that we have witnessed over the past few years. To think that these portraits would grow to over 1000 portraits spanning 16 law schools, national forums in three Canadian cities and an executive of feminist law students spanning coast to coast make it all happen. Turns out, the conversation was just getting started.

Given this incredible and unanticipated growth, we thought we’d try to weave together our story in an attempt to capture all of the people who came forward to lend their enthusiastic support and celebrate the community that grew from the countless messages flooding our inboxes. We hope this report provides a moment to indulge in LNFB’s successes to-date, as well as give a behind-the-scenes scoop of our work and a sneak peak of where we are headed. 

On behalf of the national executive, we are so excited to share these moments, stories and celebrations with all of you—the people who have grown this campaign beyond our wildest dreams. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support, inspiration and dedication. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.

In solidarity,

The lnfb Executive