AuthorLauter, Jenna

These remarks by our editors opened and closed the Are You There Law? It's Me, Menstruation Symposium Conference on April 9 and 10 of this year. Amidst the global pandemic, participants gathered virtually on Zoom for two days of engaging presentations by our Symposium authors and vibrant discussions among scholars, practitioners, and students alike.


JENNA LAUTER: Thank you all for joining us this morning. We are delighted to welcome you to the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law's Volume 41 Symposium, Are You There Law? It's Me, Menstruation. I'm Jenna Lauter, Symposium Editor for the Journal.

SARAH ORTLIP-SOMMERS: And I'm Sarah Ortlip-Sommers, Editor-in-Chief. 2021 marks thirty years since the Journal of Gender and Law was founded at Columbia Law School. We are so proud of the forty volumes we have published over the past three decades, featuring interdisciplinary feminist scholarship on topics including reproductive health and justice, constitutional law, international and comparative legal perspectives, the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community, climate change, racial disparities in gender justice, and many, many more. As the movement for gender justice has and continues to evolve, we aim to continue moving our feminist legal community forward, centering intersectionality, racial justice, and queer, trans, and nonbinary voices.

Over the years, we have also been incredibly lucky to benefit from the guidance of one particularly notable Columbia Law School alumna, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We mourn her incalculable loss last September together with the entire legal community. Justice Ginsburg's legacy is very special to our Journal. As a member of our Board of Advisors and the school's first female tenured law professor, Justice Ginsburg has been a guiding light for students serving on our staff since the Journal's inception. In her introduction to our first issue in 1991, Justice Ginsburg described our mission to "portray today's feminist movement, not as unitary, rigid or doctrinaire, but as a spacious home, with rooms enough to accommodate all who have the imagination and determination to work for the full realization of human potential." The Journal strives to maintain that spacious home for today's movement for gender equality--especially as it expands, improves, and evolves. It is with respect and gratitude that we continue our work, including this Symposium, in Justice Ginsburg's indomitable spirit.

JENNA: In this year of her...

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