Manifestos as constituent power: Performing a feminist revolution

Ruth Houghton*, Aoife O'Donoghue

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Women use a multiplicity of forms and methods to articulate harms and claim political spaces. Among these are manifestos. Women’s manifestos are concomitant with both political convulsion and the enduring, mundane inequalities faced by women; they play a key role in feminist attempts to achieve political and legal ends. Manifestos are overtly political acts of legal/political performance; they are in dialogue with each other, with counter and anti-manifestos, and with the legal-political infrastructures they inhabit. Manifestos seek to fracture traditional understanding and practices of law, often in the guise of claiming constituent power and political space
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalGlobal Constitutionalism
Early online date17 Oct 2022
Publication statusEarly online date - 17 Oct 2022


  • Feminist Constitutionalism
  • manifesto
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Constituent Power
  • feminist potencia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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