Prof. Michele Gilman: 'We Still Have a Long Way to Go' to Achieve Gender Equality
July 22, 2021
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Speaking on Detroit's NPR affiliate, WDET, as part of that outlet's WDET Book Club project to read the U.S. Constitution, Michele Gilman, The University of Baltimore School of Law's Venable Professor of Law, director of its Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic and co-director of its Center on Applied Feminism, says the Constitution provides a flexible framework, via amendments, for addressing social issues as they evolve. Still, she asserts, "We still have a long way to go" to address a significant social problem like gender equity.
In a conversation with Kim Forde-Mazrui, professor at the University of Virginia Law School, Prof. Gilman says, "We're about to celebrate the 101-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment," which states that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
"A constitutional amendment on its own" only does part of the work to achieve gender equality in both the private and public sectors, Prof. Gilman says. "So today when we think about what it means to have full gender equality, we are not there yet."
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