Here are what some folks had to say about our work.

 
 
 

“Law needs intersectional feminism because it is only through the flooding of legal spaces: the law firms, the courtrooms, the benches, the international tribunals with women, women of colour, disabled women, women who by virtue of their experiences will ensure that women’s narrative stories and phenomenology play a central role in our justice mechanisms, that we will see change.”

AMANDA GHAHREMANI
Legal Director, Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ)


 

“It 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


LNFB will continue to grow and become an established country-wide movement for law students & legal professionals. It will have its place within other disciplines and hopefully become a mechanism for individuals to rely on when speaking about the importance of feminism for all professions.”

SARA GOLD
McGill Law Student and Campaign 2017 Co-Organizer


“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)


“We want[ed] to reclaim the term, deconstruct the misconceptions attached to the term feminist, and demonstrate that feminism is something that is inclusive and does represent different voices.”

AISHAH NOFAL
Barrister and Solicitor in Immigration & Refugee Law at Wazana Law


 

“LNFB has had major impact at McGill and more widely, promptly renewed discussion about what it means to be feminist and why it still matters, despite the widespread appearance of formal legal equality. Answers to the questions of 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


 

“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)


“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


 

“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 & Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s Co-Director


 

“Law as a discipline can be so essentially hierarchal. That’s why it is all the more remarkable that LNFB has created this equalizing, inclusive space for sharing, discussing, and deploying new feminist perspectives on law. LNFB is a movement that breaks down barriers between practitioners, professors, students, civil society, and the public at large. We all benefit, but as a professor, I feel the uniqueness of this initiative especially.”

ALANA KLEIN
Associate Professor, McGill University Faculty of Law


 

“The enthusiasm with which students, staff and colleagues came out for the Osgoode photoshoot was inspiring—and so was reading the diverse descriptions of feminism’s importance to law and legal studies.”

SONIA LAWRENCE
Director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School