The Division on Women and Crime in the 21st Century: Future Directions for Feminist Criminology

Amanda K. Burgess-Proctor, Michigan State University

With the turning of the new millennium still vivid in our memories, the twenty-first century remains in its infancy. In contrast, the feminist project is over one hundred years old, having begun with first-wave feminism during the women's suffrage movement of the early twentieth century and progressing through the somewhat tempestuous second-wave movement of the 1970s. The dawn of this century is greeted by third-wave feminism, and by the increasing prescence of feminist studies within the field of criminology. This paper will explore the role of feminist criminology in the coming decades, and will highlight the opportunities that lie ahead for scholars who are committed to the study of women, crime, and justice.

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