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.”
Legal Director, Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ)
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Dean of McGill Faculty of Law
“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.”
Executive Director and Director of Programs of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
“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.”
Responsable à la Mobilisation et au Développement Associatif, Association pour la Voix Étudiante au Québec (AVEQ)
“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.”
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.”
Director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School
“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.’”
Professor, Queen’s University Faculty of Law & Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s Co-Director