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The Core Curriculum

Difference and Dominance


Catharine MacKinnon

1946 CE –

Catharine MacKinnon is a central figure in feminist legal practice who came to prominence after successfully claimed that sexual harassment was a form of discrimination under Title IX.  Title IX is a 1972 federal law originally designed to extend 1964 Civil Rights Act protections to female students and employees in K-12 schools and in higher education.  MacKinnon's case, Alexander v. Yale (1980), established a legal recourse for women who had been penalized for refusing sexual advances. 

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