Paper Title

[1.1] Revolutionary Woman: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Discrimination on the Basis of Sex

Location

IB 1007

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

Fourteenth Amendment | History | History of Gender | Judges | Law and Gender | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | United States History | Women's History | Women's Studies

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The history of gender discrimination has been a long and tremulous road. The study of this history has been able to showcase powerful women who stood against the societal norms to transform gender discrimination and turn it into opportunity. Standing in the present it is hard to imagine what women had to endure in years past to allow women today to do simple things such as vote, work, and getting an education. The progression of women’s rights has created an interest in looking at the responsibility specific women of the past have had on achieving these basic rights. This paper focuses on one pivotal woman, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. One of the most vital women in the advancement of women’s rights by fighting for the transformation of United States law to acknowledge gender equality. She faced some of the most severe obstacles solely on the basis of her gender, however, she used them as motivation to challenge the laws of the United States, specifically, the Fourteenth Amendment that did not reflect the changing society. The key cases she argued for such as Reed v. Reed (1971), are analyzed, including groundbreaking opinions she made as a Supreme Court Justice like United States v. Virginia (1996). The study of her life, cases, and overall career demonstrate the true magnitude of the contributions she has made to the transformation of gender equality and how she is a key figure in how women have been able to begin to shatter these glass ceilings.

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[1.1] Revolutionary Woman: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Discrimination on the Basis of Sex

IB 1007

The history of gender discrimination has been a long and tremulous road. The study of this history has been able to showcase powerful women who stood against the societal norms to transform gender discrimination and turn it into opportunity. Standing in the present it is hard to imagine what women had to endure in years past to allow women today to do simple things such as vote, work, and getting an education. The progression of women’s rights has created an interest in looking at the responsibility specific women of the past have had on achieving these basic rights. This paper focuses on one pivotal woman, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. One of the most vital women in the advancement of women’s rights by fighting for the transformation of United States law to acknowledge gender equality. She faced some of the most severe obstacles solely on the basis of her gender, however, she used them as motivation to challenge the laws of the United States, specifically, the Fourteenth Amendment that did not reflect the changing society. The key cases she argued for such as Reed v. Reed (1971), are analyzed, including groundbreaking opinions she made as a Supreme Court Justice like United States v. Virginia (1996). The study of her life, cases, and overall career demonstrate the true magnitude of the contributions she has made to the transformation of gender equality and how she is a key figure in how women have been able to begin to shatter these glass ceilings.