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Equality & Civil Rights

How did the battle for gender equity in the 1970s shape our culture today?

Martha Chamallas"he battle for gender equity in the 1970s has had such a profound impact on American culture that we tend no longer to recognize its legacy. In the law, the explicit gender lines which used to determine rights and responsibilities in virtually every sector have now all but disappeared. Gender stereotypes – such as regarding men as breadwinners and women as homemakers – began seriously to be questioned, allowing both sexes more freedom to design their own lives. The 1970s gender revolution, however, like all emancipation projects, was woefully incomplete. Legal feminists in this century are still searching for ways to combat high levels of sexual violence, a stubborn gender pay gap, and the difficult conflicts balancing work and family that face most mothers and fathers. The meaning of gender equity has now also expanded to include rights for gay, lesbian, and transgendered persons and to go deeper to eradicate barriers to success and self-determination for women of all colors, social classes, and backgrounds."

Martha Chamallas
Robert J. Lynn Chair in Law


Sanford N. Caust-EllenbogenSanford N. Caust-Ellenbogen
Associate Professor of Law

Martha  ChamallasMartha Chamallas
Robert J. Lynn Chair in Law

Ruth  ColkerRuth Colker
Distinguished University Professor and Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law

Katherine Hunt FederleKatherine Hunt Federle
Professor of Law; Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Law & Policy Studies

Edward B. FoleyEdward B. Foley
Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professor for the Administration of Justice and the Rule of Law

David A. GoldbergerDavid A. Goldberger
Professor Emeritus of Law

L. Camille  HébertL. Camille Hébert
Carter C. Kissell Professor of Law

Stanley K. Laughlin Jr.Stanley K. Laughlin Jr.
Professor Emeritus of Law; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology

Deborah Jones MerrittDeborah Jones Merritt
John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law; Courtesy Professor of Sociology; Courtesy Professor of Public Policy and Management, and Associate Faculty Member in Women's Studies

Peter M. ShanePeter M. Shane
Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law

Marc  SpindelmanMarc Spindelman
Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law

Daniel P. TokajiDaniel P. Tokaji
Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law; Senior Fellow, Election Law @ Moritz

Vincene  VerdunVincene Verdun
Associate Professor Emeritus of Law

Christopher J. WalkerChristopher J. Walker
Assistant Professor of Law

Charles E. WilsonCharles E. Wilson
Associate Professor Emeritus of Law