Women & Law Special Issue

This year marks two important events relating to women and the law. 2020 is the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. It is also the first year in which the editors-in-chief of all of the nation’s top sixteen law reviews are women.

To mark these two historic events, the Stanford Law Review has come together with our peer journals to publish a joint issue, entitled “Women & Law.” The issue features fourteen personal essays by women in the legal academy and legal practice reflecting on the past century for women in law and politics. Read on to explore a piece by Maggie Blackhawk, published by SLR, and the rest of this special issue.

Women & Law – Blackhawk

On Power & Indian Country

In her essay, Maggie Blackhawk, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, reflects on her journey “to bring Indian Country into the legal academy.” Blackhawk describes how her legal education led her to raising awareness about the ways that narratives of “rights” and “equality” dominant in American constitutional culture have undercut tribal sovereignty and power, facilitating the erasure of Native nations and peoples. In telling her story, Blackhawk highlights the remarkable women who helped mentor and guide her into the complex world of the law.

Read the Essay

Women & Law Joint Issue

Professor Blackhawk’s essay is one of fourteen that were published as part of this joint issue. Click on the link below to explore the other essays.

Read the Joint Issue
Women & Law – Full PDF