Harvard Law School
This weekend, the National Organization for Women (NOW) will honor Catharine A. MacKinnon, a longtime visiting professor at Harvard Law School, with their “Woman of Vision Award” at its annual conference.
MacKinnon, a noted author and groundbreaking feminist thinker, was nominated for a lifetime of original work on sexual abuse and sex inequality in areas such as sexual harassment, rape, pornography and prostitution. For decades, her work has served as the foundation for influential laws, regulations and social movements around the world: Among many other accomplishments, she conceived sexual abuse as a violation of equality rights, pioneering the legal claim for sexual harassment as sex discrimination in employment and education; with Andrea Dworkin, she recognized the harms of pornography as civil rights violations and proposed the Swedish Model to abolish prostitution; and, representing Bosnian women survivors of Serbian sexual atrocities, she established legal recognition of rape in genocide, winning with co-counsel a $745 million verdict at trial. Her approach to equality has been largely accepted in Canada and elsewhere.