Cornell University

January 30 2008

Alice Hanson Cook Distinguished Lecture set for Feb. 28

"State, Work, and Family: Constructing Equality"


Dr. Martha Fineman
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law
Emory University

Lecture and Reception:
Thursday, February 28, 2008
4:30-6:30 pm
423 ILR Conference Center
Lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Fineman will focus on the symbiotic relationship between the workplace and the family, challenging certain aspects of the separate spheres ideology that views major dimensions of life as complementary, but parallel universes. She argues that adjustments in and aspirations for one sphere of activity of necessity will provoke the need for realignments and corresponding changes in the other. Moreover, far from being a neutral observer of the "free market," the state has an active role to play in monitoring the relationship between work and family and promoting the conditions for realizing greater equality in both.

The ILR School at Cornell has established this Distinguished Lecture Series in honor of one of its most loved and renowned professors, Alice Hanson Cook. The purpose is to bring to campus scholars who have made major contributions to research on women and work. Martha Fineman, an internationally recognized scholar of law and society, is the fourth recipient of this award. Her research spans family law, feminist jurisprudence and the legal regulation of intimacy. She is the 1999 winner of the prestigious Harry Kalven Prize, awarded by the Law and Society Association. Her publications include The Illusion of Equality: The Rhetoric and Reality of Divorce Reform; The Neutered Mother, The Sexual Family, and Other Twentieth Century Tragedies; and most recently, The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency.

Sponsored by the ILR School
Co-sponsors:
Program on Gender & Global Change (GGC)
The Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program (FGSS)