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Women, Law, and History Reading Group

The Women, Law and History Reading Group is led by Dr. Sally J. Kenney, Dr. Clare Daniel, and Dr. Karissa Haugeberg, and meets at 4:00 PM at the Newcomb Institute offices in the Commons

January 2020: Three Women by Lissa Taddeo

February 2020: The Injustices of Rape: How Activists Responded to Sexual Violence, 1950-1980 by Catherine O. Jacquet

October 2019: Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans: Gender, Race, and Reform, 1840-1900 by Ashley Baggett

September 2019: Rape and Sexual Power in Early America by Sharon Block

August 2019: Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne

Past Reads

  • Babcock, Barbara. Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011. (August 2013)
  • Bacal, Jessica. The Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong. New York: Plume, 2014.
  • Baggett, Ashley. Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans: Gender, Race, and Reform, 1840-1900. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017. (October 2019)
  • Block, Sharon. Rape and Sexual Power in Early America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. (September 2019)
  • Colman, Penny. A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements Of Frances Perkins. Bloomington: ASJA Press, 1993. (May 2015)
  • Freedman, Estelle. Maternal Justice: Miriam Van Waters and the Female Reform Tradition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. (November 2014)
  • Gerber, Robin. Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage. New York: Penguin Group, 2002. (Fall 2014)
  • Gillibrand, Kirsten. Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World. New York: Ballantine Books, 2014.
  • Hirshman, Linda. Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World. New York: HarperCollins, 2015. (December 2015)
  • Irons, Jenny. Reconstituting Whiteness: The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010. (April 2016)
  • Madriz, Esther. Nothing Bad Happens to Good Girls: Fear of Crime in Women’s Lives. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
  • Manne, Kate. Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. (August 2019)
  • Mayeri, Serena. Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011. (September 2015)
  • McCurry, Stephanie. Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South. Harvard University Press, 2012. (October 2015)
  • McGuire, Danielle L. At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. Vintage; Reprint edition October 2011. (September 2013)
  • Rathbone, Cristina. A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars. New York: Random House Publishing Group, 2005. (November 2013)
  • Simmons, LaKisha Michelle. Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015. (July 2016)
  • Sotomayor, Sonia. My Beloved World. New York: Vintage Books, 2014. (July 2013)
  • Stein, Deborah Jiang. Prison Baby. Boston: Beacon Press, 2014. (Fall 2014)
  • Strebeigh, Fred. Equal: Women Reshape American Law. New York: W.W. Norton, 2009. (October 2013)
  • Taddeo, Lisa. Three Women. New York: Avid Reader Press, 2019. (January 2020)
  • Waldman, Ayelet and Robin Levi. Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons. San Francisco: McSweeney’s Books, 2011. (Fall 2014)
  • Wheeler, Leigh Ann. How Sex Became a Civil Liberty. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. (July 2015)


American Studies Reading Group

January 30, 2020, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Newcomb Institute, Diboll Gallery
Discussion of Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal about Generation Z’s New Path to Success by Shalini Shankar. For more information, contact Dr. Aidan Smith at

Reproductive Justice Faculty Reading Group

The Reproductive Justice Faculty Working Group, a group of around 50 Tulane faculty, is dedicated to developing interdisciplinary collaboration, courses, and research relating to reproductive rights and reproductive health. Current members represent Tulane's School of Liberal Arts, Law, Public Health, Social Work, and Science and Engineering. The Reproductive Justice Faculty Working Group meets throughout the school year for reading group discussions and speaker series. Anyone interested in joining can email Dr. Clare Daniel at