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General Information

Name:  Cynthia Grant Bowman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;


-- Cynthia Grant Bowman on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author was a National Endowment for The Humanities Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago. She received Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University in 1982 and taught law and gender studies there before teaching at Cornell.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bowman received a B.A. with honors from Swarthmore College and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Before entering law school, she taught political science and spent a year at the University of Chicago as a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellow in the history and philosophy of the social sciences. She received a J.D. with honors from Northwestern University School of Law in 1982, after which she clerked for Judge Richard D. Cudahy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was an associate at Jenner & Block in Chicago for five years. She was a Professor of Law and of Gender Studies at Northwestern University. She oversaw an exchange relationship between Northwestern Law School and the University of Ghana for five years. Currently, she is the Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Feminist Jurisprudence, at Cornell Law School.Bowman has published widely in diverse areas having to do with law and women, such as women in the legal profession, sexual harassment, and legal remedies for adult survivors of childhood sex abuse and is co-author of ''Feminist Jurisprudence: Taking Women Seriously''. Professor Bowman has extensive experience teaching, consulting, and doing research about women and law in Africa and is the co-author, with Akua Kuenyehia, of ''Women and Law in Sub-Saharan Africa''. She has also published and spoken widely about domestic and sexual violence in the African context.

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Titles At Your Library

Unmarried Couples, Law, and Public Policy
ISBN: 0195372271

Oxford University Press. 2010

In Unmarried Couples, Law, and Public Policy, Cynthia Grant Bowman explores legal recognition of opposite-sex cohabiting couples in the United States. Unmarried cohabitation has increased at a phenomenal rate in the U.S. over the last few decades, but the law has not responded to the legal issues raised by this new family form. Although a majority of cohabiting unions dissolve within the first two years, many are longer in term and function like other families a large number of children also reside in these households. If one partner dies, is injured, or leaves the family, the remaining family members are left in an extremely vulnerable position in almost every state without any type of survivors' benefits, compensation for loss of a wage-earning partner, or remedies similar to those available upon dissolution of a marriage.

The author argues that the many benefits attendant upon formal marriage should be extended to cohabitants who have lived together for more than two years or give birth to a child. In order to avoid these consequences, a couple would need to opt out of them by contract.

Professor Bowman reaches this conclusion after a thorough review of the history of the legal treatment of cohabitation in the United States, the inadequacy of the legal remedies available to cohabitants in most states, the now-voluminous social science literature about cohabitation, and the experience of six other countries (England, Canada, Australia, France, The Netherlands, and Sweden) that have attempted a variety of legal reforms to address the problems of cohabitants.

Dawn Clark Netsch: A Political Life (Chicago Lives)
ISBN: 0810124114

Northwestern University Press. 2010

Illinois Democratic politics has recently produced the most skilled and inspirational politician in memory . . . and has also reminded us of the need for further reform. It is fitting, then, that the latest installment of the Chicago Lives series turns to Dawn Clark Netsch, a leading reformer of Illinois politics since the 1950s and the first woman major party nominee for governor of Illinois.

Netsch was a pioneer, or the first of her gender, in almost every endeavor she undertook. From the very beginning of her career, when she led the move to desegregate Northwestern University's undergraduate dorms, her passion for social justice extended beyond the rights of women to rights for racial minorities and those of all sexual orientations. Bowman charts Dawn Clark Netsch's remarkable political career, from her work behind the scenes as assistant to Governor Otto Kerner and as a participant in the 1970 Constitutional Convention to her later service in elected office, first as Illinois state senator for eighteen years and later as Illinois comptroller, and culminating in her historic run for governor in 1994. Throughout, Netsch lost neither her genteel yet unpretentious demeanor, nor her passion for progressive politics as exemplified by her early mentor, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson.

Feminist Jurisprudence: Cases and Materials, 4th Edition (American Casebook Series)
ISBN: 0314264639

West Academic Publishing. 2010

This course book introduces students to feminist jurisprudence. The first three chapters develop the historical range of feminist theories. Subsequent chapters examine topics such as violence, reproduction, intimate relationships, children, and education. Extensive readings, cases, and text notes encourage detailed, rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

Beyond the Uprising: A Polish Girl's Journey
ISBN: 1436302854

Xlibris. 2008

Cynthia Grant Bowman is a professor of law at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York. She met the subject of this biography, Maria Chudzinski, while teaching at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, where Maria worked in the international sec

Women and Law in Sub-Saharan Africa
ISBN: 9964722354

Sedco Publishing. 2000

This work brings together as one volume a wide range of material on women and law from different geographical regions and fields of study, including gender studies, sociology, law and human rights. It quotes leading cases such as 'Unity Dow' from Botswana, 'Bi Hawa Mohamed' from Tanzania and 'Magaya', from Zimbabwe and excerpts from the writings of leading scholars in the field e.g. Sylvia Tamale, Fareda Banda, Florence Butegwa and Takyiwaa Manuh. It cites the constitutions and statute laws pertaining to the position of women in various African countries reports by government commissions, international NGOs and human rights conventions.

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