In The Common Law Inside the Female Body, Anita Bernstein explains why lawyers seeking gender progress from primary legal materials should start with the common law. Despite its reputation for supporting conservatism and inequality, today's common law shares important commitments with feminism, namely in precepts and doctrines that strengthen the freedom of individuals and from there the struggle against the subjugation of women. By re-invigorating both the common law - with a focus on crimes, contracts, torts, and property - and feminist jurisprudence, this highly original work anticipates a vital future for a pair of venerable jurisprudential traditions. It should be read by anyone interested in understanding how the common law delivers an extraordinary degree of liberty and security to all persons - women included.
Martha Chamallas - Robert J. Lynn Chair in Law, Ohio State University
Jonathan Herring - Vice Dean of the University of Oxford
Tsachi Keren-Paz - Sheffield University
Solangel Maldonado - Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law, Seton Hall University, New Jersey
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