our community supporters
*in alphabetical order
Allard Law Students Society (UBC)
AMURE (Association of McGill University Research Employees)
ASEF (Alumni Student Engagement Fund) (McGill)
AVEQ (Association for the Voice of Education in Quebec)
Calgary Women Studying Law Association (CWSLA)
Career and Professional Development Office (University of Calgary Faculty of Law)
Centre for Feminist Legal Studies (UBC)
Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association (DFLA)
Feminist Law Students Association (FLSA) (University of Toronto Faculty of Law)
Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s (FLSQ)
Gender and the Law Association (Western Law)
Institute for Feminist Legal Studies (Osgoode)
Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies (IGSF)
McGill Alumni Association’s Student Sponsorship Program (SSP)
McGill Law Career Development Office (CDO)
McGill Law Student Association (LSA)
McGill’s Post-Graduate Students Society (PGSS)
Research Funding from Professor Angela Campbell (in support of a critical equity initiative for
Stewart McKelvey (who helped with the photoshoot at Dalhousie in 2017 and 2018)
Women and the Law (Windsor Chapter)
Women in Law (Bora Laskin Faculty of Law)
Women’s Legal Mentorship Program (WLMP)
In AVEQ’s efforts to support people from marginalized communities in university settings, creating spaces for people to come together, learn, and self-organize is paramount. In the field of law, we need people who understand the struggles that marginalized communities are experiencing, and take an intersectional feminist approach to their work. That means actively working to fight against both various forms of systemic oppression and discrimination that impacts people on the more individual level. AVEQ looks to promote the organization of events that aim to meet these needs. We hope that Law Needs Feminism Because will be able to create communities of support for people who experience systemic barriers, and also those that are fighting to dismantle them at our universities and in society at large.
- Kristen Perry, Responsable à la Mobilisation et au Développement Associatif, Association pour la Voix Étudiante au Québec (AVEQ)
Law needs Law Needs Feminism Because because despite the increase in feminist engagement with every dimension of legal education, practice, governance, judging, and writing, issues of gender and intersectional equalities are structurally marginalized and not mainstreamed. At Queen's Law, we have noticed a real increase in diverse student participation in the Feminist Legal Studies speakers series and workshop courses — and we expect this to increase over time. The sight of students carrying on the photo shoots in the entryway to the law building is normalizing feminism in law on a level not seen before —this movement is now helping shape expectations of legal institutions and processes at the level of the embodied experiences of all students. To restate Dorothy Smith's call, Law Needs Feminism Because it is reshaping legal education as one of the many sites of the 'everyday realization of equality'.
- Kathleen Lahey, Professor, Queen's University Faculty of Law, and Co-Director of Feminist Legal Studies Queen's (FLSQ)
LNFB has had major impact at McGill and more widely, prompting renewed discussion about what it means to be a feminist and why it still matters, despite the widespread appearance of formal legal equality. Answers to the question why we are feminists has led to the articulation of an inspiring, even galvanizing, range of motivations and preoccupations. And I am prouder than I can say of the national leadership to have emerged from McGill Law.
- Robert Leckey, Dean of McGill Faculty of Law
LNFB was doing some unprecedented in law schools and we felt it would be a disservice not to help them with their project and forum. As McGill Law Student Association (LSA) executives, we were able to see, on a more global level, what the campaign was able to accomplish in making bolder the voices driving feminism in the law. We knew that the forum was bound to be successful and wanted to make sure the LNFB team had support from their student association and executives to be able to thrive.
- Brittany Williams, McGill Law Student and 2016-2017 VP, Clubs of the McGill Law Students Association (LSA)
LexisNexis Canada supports the rule of law in this country and, through our corporate parent RELX Group, around the world. Our products make the law more transparent and accessible. We also provide financial support to organizations that work on the front lines to fight injustice and advocate for vulnerable individuals and groups – including the equality effect and its “160 Girls” campaign to end impunity for sexual violence against women and girls in Kenya. We also support organizations that advance the education of disadvantaged young people, including Level’s Indigenous Youth Outreach Program, and CLEW (Cambodian Legal Education for Women).
- Julie Chapman, Senior Legal Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, LexisNexis Canada
LNFB has created a vibrant space for conversation among women who are charting their own path as legal professionals. In my view, LNFB’s main achievements have been developing a strong network of mentors and peers and fostering a climate of solidarity and collegiality.
- Nandini Ramanujam, Executive Director and Director of Programs of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University's Faculty of Law