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Feminist Activism in the Supreme Court

Legal Mobilization and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund

Since 1980, the Canadian women’s movement has been an active participant in constitutional politics and Charter litigation. This book, through its focus on the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), presents a compelling examination of how Canadian feminists became key actors in developing the constitutional doctrine of equality, and how they mobilized that doctrine to support the movement’s policy agenda.

272 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents




1 Legal Doctrine, Legal Mobilization and LEAF

2 The Path to Substantive Equality

3 Gaining Ground

4 Family Matters: Breakdowns and Benefits

5 A Difficult Dialogue

6 Making A Difference: The Policy Consequences of Legal Mobilization




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