The Contested Meaning of Women's Rights: Reclaiming a Lost Vision of Freedom
Ethics and Public Policy Center
Abigail Adams Institute
Mary Ann Glendon
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
Learned Hand Professor of Law, emerita, Harvard University
Moderator: Emma McDonald, Boston College
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Time: 6 - 7:15pm
Location: Devlin Hall 101
Erika Bachiochi, Fellow, Ethics & Public Policy Center, and Senior Fellow, Abigail Adams Institute, will discuss her recently published book, The Rights of Women, Reclaiming a Lost Vision. Response by former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and Learned Hand Professor of Law, emerita, at Harvard University Mary Ann Glendon. Moderated by Emma McDonald, doctoral candidate in theological ethics, Boston College.
Erika Bachiochi is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a senior fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute, where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project. A 2018 visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, Erika received her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, and her Masters in Theology from Boston College, where she was a Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics. She is the author of The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision as well as the editor of Women, Sex, and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching and The Cost of “Choice”: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion.
Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law Emerita at Harvard University. A former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, her government service also includes chairing the U.S. State Department Commission on Unalienable Rights and serving on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Her books include A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a history of the framing of the UDHR; Rights Talk, a critique of the impoverishment of political discourse; The Forum and the Tower, a series of biographical essays exploring the relation between political philosophy and politics-in-action;. and the forthcoming In the Courts of Three Popes.
Emma McDonald is a fourth year doctoral candidate in Theological Ethics at Boston College. Her dissertation draws on qualitative research with Catholic women who have experienced infertility and physicians who treat it to sketch an account of situated moral agency and argue for an updated ecclesial approach that supports the formation of a proactive, self-reflective agency. Prior to matriculating at BC, Emma received her Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School in 2019 and her Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Middlebury College in 2016.
Bachiochi, Erika. The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion. San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2004.
__________. “Embodied Caregiving.” First Things 266 (2016). https://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/10/embodied-caregiving.
__________. The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2021.
__________, ed. Women, Sex and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching. Boston: Pauline Books & Media, 2010.
Glendon, Mary Ann. The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
__________. A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. New York: Random House, 2002.
Glendon, Mary Ann, Paolo Carozza, and Colin Picker. Comparative Legal Traditions: Texts, materials, and Cases on Western Law, 4th ed. St. Paul, MN: West Academic Publishing, 2014.
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