***HOPE LEWIS is an Associate Professor of Law at Northeastern University. She received her A.B. in 1983, and her J.D. in 1986, from Harvard University. From 1986 to 1988, she was both a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow and a Harvard Fellow in Public Interest Law at TransAfrica Forum in Washington, D.C. She teaches international human rights and business law and does research on human rights, gender, and ethnicity.
Women (Under)Development: The Relevance of “The Right to Development” to Poor Women of Color in the United States*
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Law & Policy
Volume 18, Issue 2-3, pages 281–313, July 1996
How to Cite
LEWIS, H. (1996), Women (Under)Development: The Relevance of “The Right to Development” to Poor Women of Color in the United States. Law & Policy, 18: 281–313. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9930.1996.tb00174.x
*An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association in Toronto, Canada, as part of a panel titled “Beyond Rhetoric: Implementing the Right to Development.” This paper is dedicated to Edith Stephenson. I would like to thank the following persons and institutions for their comments, support and encouragement: Blossom Stephenson, Ruth Gana, Ibrahim Gassama, Rebecca Johnson, Stuart Lewis, Laura Mangan, Makau wa Mutua, Leslye Amede Obiora, Richard Perry, James Rowan, Lucy Williams, Cooperative Economics for Women (Boston, MA), The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, the Northeastern University Support Fund for Black & Hispanic Faculty, and the Northeastern University Urban Law & Public Policy Institute. I am especially appreciative of the excellent research assistance of Phoebe Brown, Denise Figueroa, Nadia Gareeb, Stephanie Hand and Wendy Stander.
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This article examines the applicability and relevance of the collective international right to development to poor women of color in the United States. It posits that alternative, sustainable forms of development may be as relevant to subordinated groups in the United States as they are to non-western peoples. The article argues, however, that implementing the right to development in this imagined context requires a grassroots approach.