Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Justice Ginsburg: If I Were Nominated Today, My Feminist Work For The ACLU Would Probably Disqualify Me

In a testimony to the current regressive anti-woman political climate, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg observes that her historic work on behalf of women's rights would no doubt disqualify her from serving on the High Court if she were nominated today. But, of course, President Obama would never nominate a famed feminist such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

As director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, Ginsburg was literally the single most important women’s rights attorney in American history. She authored the brief in Reed v. Reed that convinced a unanimous Supreme Court to hold for the very first time that the Constitution’s guarantee of Equal Protection applies to women. And her brief in Craig v. Boren convinced the Court to hand down its very first decision holding that gender discrimination laws are subject to heightened constitutional scrutiny. It is possible that modern doctrines preventing gender discrimination would simply not exist if Ruth Bader Ginsburg hadn’t done the work she did for the ACLU.

Tribute: The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and WRP Staff

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