Mapping Gender: Shedding Empirical Light on Family Courts’ Treatment of Cases Involving Abuse and Alienation


This article provides a brief literature survey, focusing on the theory of “parental alienation” which operates as a primary vehicle for making abuse invisible in custody litigation. This Article reports on the co-authors’ pilot study, which begins empirically mapping family courts’ uses of this theory. These pilot results provide preliminary empirical support for the critiques from the field.

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Population Health and Paid Parental Leave: What the United States Can Learn from Two Decades of Research


Over the last two decades, numerous studies have suggested that dedicated time for parents to be with their children in the earliest months of life offers significant benefits to child health. The United States (US) is the only wealthy nation without a formalized policy guaranteeing workers paid time off when they become new parents. As individual US states consider enacting parental leave policies, there is a significant opportunity to decrease health inequities and build a healthier American population. This document is intended as a critical review of the present evidence for the association between paid parental leave and population health.

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France Bans Street Harassment, Approving Hefty Fines For Catcallers

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NPR August 2, 2018 By Colin Dwyer French lawmakers have approved a measure outlawing sexual harassment in the street, rendering catcalling and lewd or degrading comments a crime punishable by on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros — or more than $870. The country’s Senate passed the legislation late Wednesday as part of a broader package of measures targeting sexual …

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Obama’s New Equal-Pay Rules

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The Atlantic January 29, 2016 By Bourree Lam For Americans who’ve ever wondered whether the person in the next cubicle doing the same job is being paid more, or those who’d like their companies to take a hard look at inequality on the payroll—there’s good news from the government. On Friday, the Obama administration announced executive action that would require …

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New Zealand picks up toolkits to address gender pay gap and attitudes to women

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  Stuff March 20, 2017 By Helen Tatham Two online toolkits designed to change attitudes towards women are the “new ideas” Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew​ brought back from a week-long visit to New York last week. Goodhew led a delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on behalf of Minister for Women Paula Bennett. The commission, …

States Struggle to Close Their Own Gender Pay Gaps

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PEW February 17, 2017 By Teresa Wiltz California has the most stringent equal pay laws in the nation. But among its own workers, the state is still struggling to close the pay gap between men and women. Women who work for the state earn 79 cents for every dollar that men earn, according to a 2014 report by the California …

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Who Voted Saudis Onto UN Gender-Equality Body? Democracies Still Won’t Say

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CNS News April 27, 2017 By Patrick Goodenough (Update: Belgium on Thursday became the first of a group of democracies on ECOSOC to admit voting for Saudi Arabia to join the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Prime Minister Charles Michel told lawmakers he regretted the decision, which was taken by a diplomat acting with proper consultation with the …

Parties ordered to obey two-thirds gender rule

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Standard Digital April 21, 2017 By Paul O. Ogemba Political parties have been ordered to come up with modalities to ensure they comply with the two-thirds gender rule during their nominations. Justice Chacha Mwita ruled that no political party should present a list of candidates for nominations for the seats of MPs, senators and MCAs that does not comply with …

Moon Jae-in’s Road to Gender Equal Cabinet

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Korea Expose May 22,2017 By Jieun Choi With his good-looking entourage (especially one of his campaign bodyguards), newly-elected president Moon Jae-in has excited many in South Korea and beyond. Now, he is enthralling the electorate with his choice of ministerial nominees – this time, not for their appearances but because they are women in positions previously dominated by men. So …

Ann Friedman: GOP leader’s ‘everybody’ doesn’t include women

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Gulf Today July 22, 2017 Tribune News Service It’s been a bad week for male separatists. In Washington, D.C., the all-male Republican Senate leadership, which chose not to invite any female senators to their working-group meetings on repealing the Affordable Care Act, watched in frustration as their bill fizzled after those women declined to support it. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch …