In this introductory course, we explore the various ways that women have expressed their voices in order to participate in civic life and society in the U.S. and abroad. We consider how feminists have theorized justice and politics in their writings, activisms, and social movements, emphasizing the strategies that women deploy to challenge inequality, violence, and marginality. In this course we explore answers these baseline questions: What is justice? What are the injustices that women have sought to challenge in their activisms? What is social justice?
As we learn to think about justice, we will also think about how identity, social location, and citizenship status inform our understandings of justice, social equality and fairness. Key to this discussion is understanding the relationship between power, domination, and identity by considering the concrete ways that justice been attained by people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, poor people, and disabled people. In this course, we illuminate alternative forms of justice that vulnerable communities have used to confront serious and entrenched social problems like poverty, rape, sex trafficking, homophobia, racism and sexism. We also consider the solutions that feminists have proposed to social problems including the ethics of care, the politics of reconciliation, and recognition, forgiveness, the redistribution of wealth, and reparations.
Speaking out on justice and peace at the Women's Court.