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53 J. Legal Educ. 199 (2003)
Mainstreaming Feminism in Legal Education

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in Legal Education
Catharine A. MacKinnon
Nothing short of everything will really do.
- Aldous Huxley
Meiji University in Tokyo was the first school in Japan to educate zvomen in law. In
January 2001 it celebrated the 120th anniversay of the admission of women to its Law
Department and the creation of its Law School. Dean Naya, rethinking the curriculum
from the ground up, asked me what the role offeminism in legal education should be.
W1hat an inspiration of a question! I certainly had never been asked it before by anyone
considering acting on the answer. This is that talk.
I have come to think that there is something deceptive about terming this exercise a
feminist one, if that cabins its ambition in ideological and political space, or suggests
that it is only right from this particular point of view, or needs to be taken seriously only,
by those who take feminism seriously. Mainstreamingfeminism in this sense is less an
ideological or political exercise than the revelation and correction of one.
In 1988, in an elevator in Washington, D.C., a federal judge, a very nice
man who not long after was elevated to the United States Supreme Court,
congratulated me warmly on recently publishing Feminism Unmodified.' As the
elevator descended, he looked at his feet and reflected, It's amazing how
much you can accomplish if you stay focused on just one thing! A few floors
went by in silence; the topics in the book-including rape, obscenity, athletics,
Marxist theory, discrimination, the First Anmendment-went through my mind.
As we jolted to ground, I said, Yes, actually, the whole law library testifies to
that. One ought to be able to accomplish at least as much by staying focused
© Catharine A. MacKinnon
Catharine A. MacKinnon is the Elizabeth A. Long professor of law at the University of Michigan.
Some of these thoughts were published in an earlier form in Australia in Catharinc A.
MacKinnon, Fcminism in Legal Education, I Legal Educ. Rev. 85 (1989) and in.Japanese in Sekai
104 (2002). The helpful comments and support of Kent Harvey and Lisa Cardyn are gratefully
acknowledged, as is the research help of the fabulous University of Michigan Law Library.
I. Island 163 (New York, 1962).
2. Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law (Cambridge. Mass.. 1987).

,journal of Legal Education, Volume 53, Number 2 (June 2003)

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