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Helena Kennedy

Misjustice

by Helena Kennedy

Misjustice

Helena Kennedy

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Misjustice is a harrowing look at how the British legal system ignores, abuses, and undermines women's rights.

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Misjustice

by Helena Kennedy

Misjustice

Helena Kennedy

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The slut, the poverty-stricken single mother, the crazy witch, the upstanding morally superior wife. The social stereotypes that women are subject to extend to our legal systems and always have.

These cultural tropes infuse our civil and criminal justice structures and the laws that legislators create. In turn, the legal system reinforces these stereotypes and effectively decides who is the 'ideal victim,' and thus, who is and is not worthy of justice.

In Misjustice: How British Law is Failing Women, renowned attorney Helena Kennedy unpacks how far the British legal system has come during her career and how far it has to go to reach true equal treatment for women.

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"True justice is about more than refereeing between two sides. It is about breathing life into the rules so that no side is at a disadvantage because of sex or race or any of the other impediments which deny justice."

Helena Kennedy

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