The United States Feminist Judgments Project is part of a global collaboration of hundreds of feminist law professors who reimagine and rewrite key judicial decisions from a feminist perspective. The touchstone of the project is that the rewritten opinions must use the facts and precedent of the original opinion, but bring to the process of judging a feminist perspective that takes into account race, class, gender, disability and other status groups historically marginalized by the law. In this way, the Project seeks to show that United States jurisprudence is not objective or neutral, but rather deeply influenced by the perspectives of those who are appointed to interpret it. As a consequence, the Project also shows that previously accepted judicial outcomes were neither necessary nor inevitable, and that feminist judges could have changed the course of American jurisprudence.
The United States project started with a volume focused exclusively on United States Supreme Court opinions because of the influence and significance of the decisions of that Court. But after the success of the SCOTUS volume, the Project has expanded to a series of volumes that cover more diverse areas of law and courts other than SCOTUS.
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Media About the Project
“Feminist Judgments puts a new spin on famous Supreme Court cases.”
-Mother Jones, 2015 (read the whole article here)
“Alternative history was once the stuff of novels and films. Now Feminist Judgments is poised to pioneer a new kind of academic discourse, in which the power of the imagination is committed to a much more productive purpose—harnessing the legal process to remedy centuries of bias, exclusion and injustice.”
Time Magazine, Sidebar “What If Women Had Always Served on the U.S. Supreme Court” (2015).
Critical Acclaim for the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project
“If there was any doubt that feminist analysis can make a difference, Feminist Judgments dispels that doubt. This fascinating collection of feminist re-imaginings of iconic Supreme Court decisions demonstrates both the power of feminist thinking and its diversity. The intellectual reach of this volume is stunning…. This work will be an immediate classic in feminist legal analysis.”
– Katharine T. Bartlett, A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
“The country’s leading feminist and constitutional scholars re-envision the central Supreme Court cases—from privacy to interracial marriage, abortion to fathers’ rights, and sex stereotyping to affirmative action—in a powerful display of the importance of perspective.”
– Nancy Levit, Curators’ and Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law, UMKC School of Law
“The ability to imagine a world different from the one we occupy is the first, critical step toward making change. This book offers us that radical act of imagination. Re-envisioning more than two dozen landmark opinions, the authors challenge us to throw off the shackles of doctrine and think generatively about sex, sexuality, and gender. It is essential reading for students, scholars, lawyers, and anyone who cares about the future of equality.”
– Kathryn Abrams, Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley
“Feminist Judgments is a tour de force! Providing a feminist lens through which to read canonical decisions, these careful and thoughtful reviews should be required reading for law students and professors alike.”
– Melissa Murray, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law