Let’s Not Forget Lower-Court Judicial Nominations

We’ve given considerable attention to the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, as we should. But we should also pay attention to conservative foot-dragging and downright obstructionism on President Obama’s nominations to the lower federal courts. While it’s crucial to have good Supreme Court justices, it’s also essential to have good judges on the […]

What Should We Call Men Who Buy Young Girls for Sex?

An important part of social change is the articulation of grievances, especially the naming of injustices. Feminists have developed many new terms that reflect women’s experience of inequality and abuse. For example, when women started organizing around sexual coercion in the workplace, one of the first things they did was gather in a room and […]

Femicide May Be Grounds for Asylum

Do you remember the core principle that emerged from the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women? Women’s rights are human rights. Hillary Clinton gave her famous speech, we saw it on banners and we heard these words chanted in many languages. On July 12, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco put this […]