Women's rights advocates in the United States have long argued that violence against women denies women equality and citizenship, but it took a movement of feminist activists and lawyers, beginning in the late 1960s, to set about realizing this vision and transforming domestic violence from a private problem into a public harm. This important book examines the pathbreaking legal process that has brought the pervasiveness and severity of domestic violence to public attention and has led the United States Congress, the Supreme Court, and the United Nations to address the problem. Elizabeth Schneider has played a pioneering role in this process. From an insider's perspective she explores how claims of rights for battered women have emerged from feminist activism, and she assesses the possibilities and limitations of feminist legal advocacy to improve battered women's lives and transform law and culture. The book chronicles the struggle to incorporate feminist arguments into law, particularly in cases of battered women who kill their assailants and battered women who are mothers. With a broad perspective on feminist lawmaking as a vehicle of social change, Schneider examines subjects as wide-ranging as criminal prosecution of batterers, the civil rights remedy of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the O. J. Simpson trials, and a class on battered women and the law that she taught at Harvard Law School. Feminist lawmaking on woman abuse, Schneider argues, should reaffirm the historic vision of violence and gender equality that originally animated activist and legal work.
Intro Contents Acknowledgments Part I Domestic Violence as a Social and Legal Problem 1 Introduction: Battered Women, Feminist Lawmaking, and Equality 2 The Battered Women's Movement and the Problem of Domestic Violence 3 Dimensions of Feminist Lawmaking on Battering Part II Theoretical Dimensions of Feminist Lawmaking on Battering 4 Defining, Identifying, and Strategizing 5 Beyond Victimization and Agency 6 The Violence of Privacy Part III Implementing Feminist Lawmaking 7 Battered Women, Feminist Lawmaking, and Legal Practice 8 Battered Women Who Kill 9 Motherhood and Battering Part IV Aspirations, Limits, and Possibilities 10 Engaging with the State 11 Lawmaking as Education 12 Education as Lawmaking 13 Feminist Lawmaking, Violence, and Equality Notes Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Print version: Schneider, Elizabeth M. Battered Women and Feminist Lawmaking