Women as Lawmakers


  • Sheilah L. Martin




These are the speaker's notes for an oral presentation given at the Women's Law Forum March 7, 1991 at the University of Alberta. Three speakers were asked to address the role of women as lawmakers. Martin spoke on the concept that women have not had the opportunity to contribute to legal principles or to the organization of the profession they are now entering. While it is recognized that women have made great strides in changing the legal barriers that have historically excluded women from the law. if is argued that indirect and more insidious forms of discrimination have simply taken their place. The challenge for women as lawmakers lies in confronting these subtle yet powerful forms of bias.