Bio

Carrie N. Baker is a Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and regular writer for Ms. magazine. She is an expert on women's rights law and policy, specializing in sexual harassment, sex trafficking, and reproductive rights and justice.

Baker has a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Yale University, a juris doctor degree from Emory University School of Law, and master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Emory's Institute of Women's Studies. She was editor-in-chief of the Emory Law Journal while in law school and later served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Marvin H. Shoob in Atlanta.

Baker is director of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and was a co-founder and former co-director of the Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice. Baker is affiliated with the American Studies Program, the archives concentration and the public policy minor.

Baker's primary areas of research are women's legal history, gender and public policy, and feminist activism. Her first book, The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment (Cambridge University Press, 2008), won the National Women's Studies Association 2008 Sara A. Whaley book prize. This book examines how a diverse grassroots social movement created public policy on sexual harassment in the 1970s and 1980s. Baker’s second book, Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2018), tells the story of activism against youth involvement in the sex trade in the United States between 1970 and 2015. Baker's forthcoming book is a law school textbook on sexual harassment law, co-authored with Jennifer Drobac and Rigel Oliveri.

In addition to writing for Ms. magazine, Baker is the co-chair of the Ms. Committee of Scholars and serves on the editorial board of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. She has also served on the governing council of the National Women’s Studies Association, most recently as secretary.

Sub-specialties: Sexual harassment (law, policy, activism, history), Sex trafficking (law, policy, activism, history, US youth sex trade), Reproductive rights (pregnancy discrimination, abortion law, contraception policy), Women's rights in the US (history and contemporary), Feminism and intersectionality (women's movements historically and today), Equal Rights Amendment, Women's Studies (history of field, pedagogy)

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