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The Time Has Come for the United States to Ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

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Washington University Global Studies Law Review


Part II examines the remarkable venom that runs through much of the American narrative about CEDAW. It is odd that a United Nations convention would produce that reaction, but it is evident from the rants in the lowliest blogs to the statements made in the highest reaches of government. Part III develops the notion of American Exceptionalism more fully, as it helps to explain much of the substantive content of that narrative. This part explores the sentiment justifying why CEDAW and those who implement it have been so deeply criticized: it is an international product, overseen and implemented by those from elsewhere.