Women Who Rule (on the Supreme Court)

Dahlia Lithwick on whether having three women on the Supreme Court will “change the court in any real way”:

For centuries, the Supreme Court has been zealously opining on whether or not women are fit to practice law, or tend bar, work a 10-hour day, support their families, use birth control, or terminate their pregnancies. For most of that time, women influenced that debate only if they were lucky enough to be married to a justice. The presence, for the first time, of three women on the Supreme Court may not reshape constitutional law in any profound way. It may not even change the court all that much. But as the justices continue to decide the cases that affect the ways in which women in America are educated, hired, compensated, and afforded control over their bodies, it can only be a good thing to have three voices at the table with actual experience in the field.

In other words, having three women on the court is a real change — no matter how those women vote.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Yes, it is certainly easy to undercut the subtle, but crucial changes of reform. When we think of things as male/female first, then we don’t take into account distinctions like these.

  2. Posted August 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Only 104 more to go before it’s even!

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