Equal Women Reshape American Law

ISBN-10: 0393065553
ISBN-13: 9780393065558
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/13/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

The dramatic, untold story of how women battled blatant inequities in America's legal system. As late as 1967, men outnumbered women twenty to one in American law schools. With the loss of deferments from Vietnam, law schools admitted women to avoid plummeting enrollments. As women entered, the law resisted. Judges would not hire women. Law firms asserted a right to discriminate against women. Judges permitted discrimination against pregnant women. Courts viewed sexual harassment as, one judge said, "a game played by the male superiors." Against the odds, women fought to reshape the law. Fred Strebeigh has interviewed litigators, plaintiffs, and judges, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Catharine MacKinnon, and has done research in their private archives as well as those of other attorneys who took cases to the Supreme Court to make the law equal and just for all.

Fred Strebeigh has written for The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and the New York Times Magazine. He teaches nonfiction writing at Yale University and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Prologue: Toward Equality (1968)
Scrutiny (1970-1975)
The Story of Paula Wiesenfeld
Old Law Meets a New Case-Reed
Frontiero Brings Hopes
Wiesenfeld Brings Reality
Pregnancy (1972-1978)
What Happened to Sally Armendariz Could Not Happen to a Man
The First Pregnancy Case: Aiello
The Second Pregnancy Case: General Electric
The Final Pregnancy Battle: Beyond the Supreme Court
Lawyering (1968-1984)
A Problem in the Profession
Taking Action
A Young Woman Takes an Old Wall Street Firm to Court
Time to Settle
The Chief Justice's Second Draft
Harassment (1974-1986)
No Law
Naming Sexual Harassment
Women and the Law
Mechelle Vinson Goes to Trial
Appeal to a Higher Court
To the Supreme Court
At the Supreme Court
Violence (1990-2000)
A Challenge for a Young Lawyer
Using Civil Rights to Combat Violence
Judges Strike Back
Seeking Equal Judicial Firepower
Women Judges to the Rescue
Reckoning at the Supreme Court
Postscript: Toward Equality (Twenty-first Century)
Acknowledgments
Notes
Credits
Index

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