Bridget Crawford, ‘The Common Law as Silver Slippers’

This essay introduces a collection of Symposium Essays examining Anita Bernstein’s book, The Common Law Inside the Female Body (Cambridge University Press, 2019). The authors engage in one or more of three broad intellectual moves: testing and exploring the limits of the book’s thesis that the common law should be resurrected as a legal strategy to protect women’s rights; applying the concept of condoned self-regard; and questioning the common law from viewpoints of groups historically (and presently) subject to unequal treatment.

Crawford, Bridget J, The Common Law as Silver Slippers (December 19, 2019). 114 Northwestern University Law Review Online 131 (2019).

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