Contemporary Crises

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 361–371 | Cite as

Women's law: methods, problems, values

  • Tove Stang Dahl
Special Issue On Women In The Health, Welfare And Criminal Justice Systems


The five areas of women's law that I have chosen to focus — money law, housewives' law, paid-work law, criminal law and birth law — represent different coordinating perspectives on women's legal position. These perspectives could certainly have been supplemented by others, for example, discrimination law. The feminist perspective can also be used in several traditional areas of legal science e.g., social insurance law, tax law, family law etc. I, however, have chosen a problematic other than the traditional one: first, to underline the importance of theory through the development ofconcepts anddiscussions of values in women's studies in general; and second, to indicate the especial fields in focus within the Institute of Women's Law at the University of Oslo. Through the perspective discussed in this article we think that we are on our way to describe, explain and understand women's legal status. The fundamental aim is to improve women's position both in law and society.


Social Insurance International Relation Legal Status Legal Position Feminist Perspective 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tove Stang Dahl
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  1. 1.Institute of Women's Law, Department of Public LawUniversity of OsloOslo 1Norway

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