This special photo campaign is a collaboration between McGill's Law Needs Feminism Because Chapter and Healthy Legal Minds : Juristes en santé. The campaign aims to draw attention to the issue of access to mental health and wellness (or lack thereof) as a law student or lawyer. Unlike in past years, it will not be photographing faces — instead, it will be capturing hands representing a connection to mental health. Photography by Ana Lucía Lobos.
When the Feminist Legal Forum hosts its annual round tables, law students of diverse backgrounds, interests and experiences have the chance to talk about many of the ways that law and feminism intersect. Often, the conversation will turn to the ways that the legal profession, and the law more generally, doesn’t always leave room for feminist-focused conversations about equality. Time and again, students will comment that it can be easy to feel like you’re the only one asking these important questions, and in turn, like sometimes you shouldn’t be. Every round table leaves participants feeling reaffirmed in their passions and emboldened in their shared experiences. Many students come away from these discussions with a renewed sense of their supportive and active feminist community at Robson Hall. This campaign was intended to bring this conversation to a wider audience, and so it did! Students, faculty and staff alike took the opportunity to answer the question, “why does law need feminism?” Here’s what they said. This photo campaign was run by Robson Hall's Feminist Legal Forum, with photography and graphic design by Ingrid Ruiz.
Cette séance photo a été organisée par Lydia Amazouz du Comité Femmes et droit de la Faculté de droit de l'Université de Montréal. Les photographes on été prises par Dominic Racine et la conception graphique à été faite par Alicia Tremblay.
The Osgoode Feminist Collective, formerly the Osgoode Women’s Caucus, is an organization of Osgoode Hall Law School students committed to promoting inclusion, dialogue, engagement, and collaboration bringing attention to feminist issues and building a feminist community on and off campus. We express our mission through a commitment to principles of intersectionality and anti-oppression, including our acceptance and affirmation of multiple feminisms and feminist voices. The Osgoode Feminist Collective organized their photoshoot on February 13, 2018, and the portraits were released a few weeks later. Many thanks to Professor Sonia Lawrence and the following individuals who made this photo campaign possible: photographer, Dina Sinan; graphic designer, Rayaz Khan; and organizer, Christie McLeod.
This year, Dalhousie’s portraits come from three locations. Katherine Nakaska brought her talents to the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service on January 31 and the Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law on February 6 to capture the bulk of the photos. With the coordination and support of lawyers Jenn Taylor and Sheree Conlon, law clerk Ria Guidone captured the remaining photos of legal professionals at a local firm, Stewart McKelvey.
Members of the Edmonton legal community came together in January 2018 to participate in the #LawNeedsFeminismBecause campaign at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. These portraits tell their stories. Organized by Grace Cleveland, and photography by Jessica Handjiev of Joyful Emotion Photography.
Windsor Law is proud to display 94 unique portraits and messages from feminists in the Windsor community. Law students, professors, and practitioners all came together to tell us why they feel law needs feminism. The responses inspired us, made us laugh, and reminded us of the unity in the movement towards gender equality, no matter how the participants defined feminism for themselves. We are proud to share these perspectives with all of you. Photography by Angela Zhu and graphic design by Paris Wildman-Sisk. Both Angela and Paris are Windsor law students.
After the success of the first 33 portraits in April 2016, the McGill Law LNFB Chapter organized a second campaign, this time curating over 80 portraits. These portraits were first shown at the #LawNeedsFeminism needs a night out fundraiser on March 6, 2017. Organized by Sara Gold and Eva Van Blokland. Photography by Whitney Lewis-Smith. Graphic design by Alex Tran.
In March 2017, 11 students from the Paralegal, Law Clerk, and Court and Tribunal Administration programs at Seneca College joined the #LawNeedsFeminismBecause campaign with a photo shoot organized by members of the Legal Studies Students Association (LSSA). As aspiring legal professionals, we were all very excited to add our voices to this vibrant and challenging conversation. Photography and graphic design by fellow student, Erin Riley (fotographer.ca). Organized by Nao Hoshi & Abby Haennel.
Dalhousie held several photoshoots to curate this beautiful gallery of portraits. During the first afternoon shoot, they managed to get 37 portraits. In the same week, the group organized to take photos in a board room at Stewart McKelvey. Some people even wanted group photos, which the group encouraged as they wanted everyone to feel comfortable engaging with the project. There was widespread consensus about how great this initiative is, as it forces those involved to think about why law needs feminism, which is a useful and interesting exercise. They look forward to doing it again – and bigger and better – next year! Thanks to Melanie Anderson for organizing, Justin Abrioux for the photography and graphic design, Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association for sponsoring, Schulich Law Communications Team for promoting and also Jenn Taylor for taking some photos at at Stewart McKelvey.
Props goes to Jessica Alves and Karen Hagman of the Bora Laskin Women in Law Society who organized this campaign at Lakehead University in February 2017. When they caught wind of the Law Needs Feminism Because campaign, they saw it as an opportunity to join in on the dialogue, not only at a national level, but within their campus walls as well. The campaign attracted many law students and each student brought a unique perspective. One of the highlights was sharing our ideas with one another and creating a safe space where individual voices, opinions and concerns were welcomed.
In the weeks leading up to our first national forum, a group of McGill Law students and LNFB organizers came together to host a fundraiser during McGill Law’s weekly coffeehouse. Roughly one hundred people came out to show their support. Photography by Nadia Zheng & design by Melissa Palermo.
A small but energetic group of students, staff and faculty got together on a sunny morning in late January to put our #lawneedsfeminismbecause campaign together. We are excited to be a part of this initiative and are also looking forward to seeing how it will grow and change in order to be more representative of a multiplicity of feminisms in the future! Many thanks to the Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, Professor Sonia Lawrence, the Osgoode Feminist Collective, Ron Cohen Mann for the photography and Parisa Mirshahi for the graphic design.
UVic held a photoshoot/movie-montage-dance-party to curate this gallery of portraits on January 24th, 2017. Debbie Preston (Deb Jo) took all of the photos and did the editing work. Natasha John carefully matched each caption to it's photo. Amidst the discrimination that seems to be widely infiltrating our world, and in the same week as the Women's March, UVic students and faculty gathered to discuss why the law needs feminism. Co-Leads: Brooke Haberstock (Brooke Elizabeth) and Emma Waterman Photographer and Designer: Debbie Preston (Deb Jo) Designer: Natasha John Fashion Consultant: Ga Grant Lovely Assistants: Alex Marr, Leila Geggie Hurst, Bianca Masalin-Basi, Samuæl Jonathan and Kimberly Francisco. Special Thanks to the UVic Feminist Law Club for it's collective support for and excitement about this initiative.
In October 2016, a small assortment of first-year students at Windsor Law met to discuss participating in the national campaign. This determined group of strangers quickly bonded over the shared goal of producing a collection of portraits that would showcase feminist voices. Over the next two months, they held four photo shoots that produced 80 portraits, featuring students, faculty, alumni, and judges. Through their enthusiastic response, the Windsor legal community illustrated this year that they truly understand that law needs feminism.
In 2016, Vanita Sachdeva and Rachel Kohut of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law co-organized a second photo campaign. For this new iteration, it was decided that neither law nor feminism would be defined—Vanita and Rachel left that up to participants. During the photoshoot, photographer Whitney Lewis-Smith also spent time with participants to make sure the expression in their portraits spoke to their captions, which many participants spent hours drafting in the hallway. She also intentionally used natural lighting and a white wall in one of the hallways of the faculty as a background. Log Creative Bureau (now Huot & Vallentin) came up with the idea of using handwritten captions to add tactility to the campaign, and thoughtfully chose Mrs. Eaves, a feminist-inspired typeface, for the hashtag. Within days of its launch, CBC caught wind of the campaign, a dozen other schools joined the initiative by organizing their own photo campaigns, and the idea of a national forum was born.
In March 2014, Aishah Nofal and Amanda Ghahremani of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law launched McGill Law’s first feminist photo campaign. Unlike Law Needs Feminism Because, this campaign used the prompt: “I am a Feminist and I am […]” to challenge the idea of what it means to identify as a feminist. For this reason, we were so thrilled when Amanda Ghahremani opened our 2017 national forum as a keynote speaker and subsequently hosted a workshop on her lessons learned from the #FREEHOMA campaign: her participation spoke to the growth of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law’s advocacy efforts and community over the years.