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Our Mandate

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The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, a continuation of Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, was founded in 1984 by a group of students at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law who came together with a vision of preserving voices of diversity and maintaining a commitment to social change within the often-stifling confines of the legal academy.  Since its founding, the Gender Journal has published research, analysis, and commentary that address the lives and struggles of underrepresented women.

Our mandate is to publish feminist legal scholarship that critically examines the intersection of gender with one or more other axes of subordination, including, but not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability.

Our mandate must continually evolve since conditions of inequality are continually changing. Pieces may meet the mandate because of their subject matter or their analytic attention to differences in social location among women.

During the 2004-2005 school year, the journal changed its name from the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal to the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice. Please see here for more information regarding the name change.