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Women's Status, Men's States


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Speaker(s): Professor Catharine Mackinnon
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty

Recorded on 22 October 2008 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Analyzing the nature of the international in gendered terms, Professor MacKinnon provides a perspective on developments in women's human rights globally. Catharine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, is a teacher, lawyer, writer, and activist on sex equality domestically and internationally. She has taught at ten law schools including Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Osgoode Hall (Toronto), and Columbia, and been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin, 1992-3) and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford, 2005-6). Widely published in many languages, her dozen books include Sex Equality (2001), Toward a Feminist Theory of the State (1989), Only Words (1993), Sexual Harassment of Working Women (1979), and in the last two years, Women's Lives, Men's Laws (2005) and Are Women Human? (2006). She created the concept that sexual violence violates equality rights, pioneering the legal claim for sexual harassment as sex discrimination and, with Andrea Dworkin, recognition of the harms of pornography as civil rights violations. Representing Bosnian women survivors of Serbian genocidal sexual atrocities, she established legal recognition of rape as an act of genocide and won a $745 million verdict at trial. She works with Equality Now, an international NGO promoting sex equality. Empirical studies document that Professor MacKinnon is one of the most widely-cited legal scholars in the English language.

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