Catharine MacKinnon (b. 1946) is a feminist, lawyer, women’s rights activist, and a professor who is famously known for establishing the legal claim that sexual harassment is sex discrimination AND having the Supreme Court side with her in 1986. She has also written several books including Sexual Harassment of Working Women (1979), Feminism Unmodified (1987), Women’s Lives, Men’s Laws (2005), and Are Women Human? (2006). Today she is a professor of law at the University of Michigan’s Michigan Law school where teaches courses such as Sex Equality and the Evolution of Gender Crimes, and speaks at universities about law, sexual discrimination, and equality.
MacKinnon is a long time supporter of equal rights for women having a career in the center of the topic, for over 40 years. One of her other most famous cases include Kadic vs Karadzic (2000) in which she represented Bosnian survivors of sexual abuse. Because of this case, rape was recognized as an act of genocide for the first time in the international court! From 2008-2012 she served as the special gender adviser at The Hague’s International Criminal Court, the first position of its kind.
Catharine MacKinnon along with Gloria Steinem paved the doors for gender equality in the court of law and opened the doors for future generations of women lawyers.