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‘This might be a watershed for American feminism’: Amia Srinivasan on repealing Roe vs Wade

By Henry Mance

06 Jun 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

This piece from the Financial Times explores how Roe v Wade will impact other feminist movements, looking at it through the gaze of an emerging innovative feminist philosopher.

For years, feminists expressed frustration that things didn’t get better fast enough. So what happens when things get worse? The overturning of Roe vs Wade, expected in a US Supreme Court ruling this month or next, would be arguably the biggest legal setback to women’s rights in a western country in living memory.

Yet to Amia Srinivasan, the end of federal abortion protection was “absolutely inevitable. I wasn’t at all surprised”. A 37-year-old philosophy professor at Oxford university, Srinivasan has emerged as one of today’s most innovative feminist thinkers. She has appeared everywhere from The Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society to Vogue magazine. In her grand rooms at All Souls College, she holds forth with ease.

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