Professor Barbara Stark’s article “Mr. Trump’s Contribution to Women’s Human Rights” is published in the Winter 2018 issue of the ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law (24 ILSA J. Int’l & Comp. L. 317 ).
The article suggests that Trump’s presidency is for those who support women’s human rights what Roe v. Wade was for abortion opponents, a “target,” as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg characterized Roe, an event that has focused and united people who did not realize how much they had in common. Just as Roe did for the radical right, this presidency has not only unified those concerned with women’s human rights, but galvanized them.
The article focuses on three major areas of women’s human rights: civil and political rights; the right to be free from sexual harassment; and the right to health. The range of these rights shows the scope of women’s resistance to this administration, and how women’s international human rights law supports that resistance.