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Pamela Joy

About Pamela Joy

Palma Joy Strand graduated from Stanford Law School in 1984 and then clerked for Judge Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court. She spent the next twenty years (1) teaching law part-time at the University of Maryland and the Georgetown University Law Center; (2) raising three kids; and (3) working as a civic organizer in her community of Arlington, Virginia, where she focused on the public schools. She is now at Creighton Law School, where she works closely with the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. She teaches what she thinks of as “real people” classes in which the law touches the lives of everyday people: Local Government Law, Trusts and Estates, Civic Organizing and Democracy, Street Law, and Professional Responsibility. Her academic work is grounded in her community experiences and focuses on how law and community are connected and on how inequalities undermine civic integrity. In her spare (!) time, she tries to keep from becoming hopelessly outdated technologically, sews quilts inspired by those from Gee’s Bend, pores through catalogues of native plants for her garden, and spends as much time outdoors as is possible for a transplanted Californian in Nebraska...
3 Dec, 2010

The Global Gender Gap (#3 of 3)–Political Empowerment and Institutional Sexism

2019-03-18T18:48:11-05:00December 3rd, 2010|Tags: , , , |

In a previous post on the annual Global Gender Gap Report issued by the World Economic Forum, I reported that this year for the first time the U.S. placed in the top 20 gender-equal countries (#19 of 134 nations) and that we are doing well in terms of Economic Participation and Opportunity (U.S. at #6) and Educational Attainment (tied for #1 with 21 other countries). In a subsequent post, I noted that part of what was holding us back was inequality in Health and Survival (U.S. at #38) - which results from U.S. women’s relative lack of access to health care, an issue that 2010’s Affordable Care Act is poised to address beginning in 2014. Today I turn to the final subindex, the heaviest weight in our saddlebags: With a ranking of #40, Political Empowerment is our worst showing.

5 Nov, 2010

The Global Gender Gap (#2 of 3)–From Horse Race to Health Care

2019-03-18T18:48:11-05:00November 5th, 2010|Tags: , , , |

In my last post, I highlighted the “horse race” aspect of the World Economic Forum’s 2010 Global Gender Gap Report, which shows the Nordic countries ahead of the curve in gender equality and the United States placing in the top 20 (#19) for the first time. The ratings are based on each [...]

21 Oct, 2010

The Global Gender Gap (#1 of 3)—The Horse Race

2010-10-21T23:34:49-05:00October 21st, 2010|Tags: , , |

Earlier this month, the World Economic Forum published its 2010 Global Gender Gap Report, which compares 134 countries based on 5 years’ worth of data. The overall purpose of the report is to emphasize the positive relationship between economic success and gender equity. “Women and girls,” says Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Forum, “must be treated equally if a country is to grow and prosper.”

7 Oct, 2010

Musings on Mario Vargas Llosa

2019-03-18T18:48:12-05:00October 7th, 2010|Tags: , |

Here in the Heartland, I awakened this morning to the news on KIOS-FM, Omaha’s NPR station.  The headline:  Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has won the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature. In the words of the Swedish Academy (an institution that does not shy away from sending a political message), Vargas Llosa [...]