Founded in 1977 and currently on the 45th volume, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (originally the Harvard Women’s Law Journal) is the nation’s oldest continuously publishing feminist law journal.
JLG is an intersectional feminist publication, devoted to the advancement of feminist jurisprudence and the study of law and gender. We seek to clarify legal issues that have gendered aspects and implications, confront new challenges to full social equality, and explore the interconnections between race, class, sexuality, nationality, ability, and gender in the law.
JLG was conceived in the fall of 1976, when founder Sheila Kuehl planned an event entitled “Celebration 25: A Generation of Women at Harvard Law School.” Celebration 25 commemorated the anniversary of the 1953 HLS graduating class, the first class that included women graduates, and highlighted the important contributions of women students. The publication committee of Celebration 25 entitled their commemorative book of essays on women and the law the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. The founding members’ objective of creating a feminist jurisprudence continues to drive JLG today.
Today, JLG seeks both to promote discussion within feminist and progressive communities and to bring about legal and social reform. Our staff seeks to publish rigorous scholarship that touches on legal issues impacting marginalized communities and established legal issues reinvigorated through a feminist lens. JLG benefits from the experiences, viewpoints, and skills of its staff, and therefore welcomes students with diverse backgrounds and interests. Thank you for your interest in our publication!