Columbia Journal of Gender and Law

A law journal devoted to original scholarship on the interaction between gender and law. Contributors are noted scholars in feminist jurisprudence, including judges, law professors, and law students. The editorial stance embraces an expansive view of femi

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1, Summer

A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Professor Gillian Metzger: Katherine, thank you for that wonderful overview of all that the Justice has achieved and the history of Columbia Law School. And I want to apologize for those to whom I am showing my back, but this will allow us to have...
Claiming a Space in the Law School Curriculum: A Casebook on Sex-Based Discrimination
INTRODUCTION We are gathered here today to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Justice Ginsburg's appointment in 1972 as Columbia's first woman law professor. That auspicious date also marks the beginning of my collaboration with her on a law school...
Equality and Choice: Sex Equality Perspectives on Reproductive Rights in the Work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Not only the sex discrimination cases, but the cases on contraception, abortion, and illegitimacy as well, present various faces of a single issue: the roles women are to play in society. Are women to have the opportunity to participate in full partnership...
Introduction: Symposium Honoring the Advocacy, Scholarship, and Jurisprudence of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I want to welcome back Justice Ginsburg to Columbia Law School. She has been a frequent visitor since her time here as a student in the late 1950s and again as a member of our faculty in the 1970s. I know she knows, but it is worth reiterating that...
Introductory Remarks
Thank you, Katherine Franke, for your kind introduction and to the Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality Law for hosting this event. I am privileged to moderate this conversation among distinguished scholars and activists, each of whom...
Litigating Sex Discrimination Cases in the 1970s
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (1) made it unlawful for an employer to hire or fire an employee or to discriminate by classifying, compensating, or denying opportunity to an employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national...
Opening the Door: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Law's Boundaries, and the Gender of Opportunities
A pervasive assumption is that nation-states have bounded legal regimes. Yet the burdens imposed on women in the name of gender and sexuality have not been circumscribed by jurisdictional lines. Rather, gender hierarchies have traveled--by way of Roman...
Rhetoric of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Brief Comparison of the Language of the Advocate with the Language of the Justice
I worked with and for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the 1970s at the ACLU. I have been in private practice since then, mostly practicing employment law. As I was considering what to speak to you about today, I decided to look back at the briefs...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Equal Protection Clause: 1970-80
Professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg of Columbia Law School was the leading Supreme Court litigator for gender equality in the crucial decade, 1970-80. In addition to teaching her classes, producing academic articles, and co-authoring the first casebook on...
Symposium Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I must, at the outset, disclose my "multiple partiality" ... I have been an unconditional admirer of Justice Ginsburg and her jurisprudence since she was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States Since older, a fortiori our respective...
The Difference a Justice May Make: Remarks at the Symposium for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What have courts done to women? What can courts do for women? And what does it mean to do something for women without being paternalistic, or, eventually, maternalistic, which may be just as bad? These are questions Justice Ginsburg provided to inspire...
The Right to Equality in the South African Constitution
When the young Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, visited the United States of America in the early 1830s, he was fascinated by the idea of democracy and the role of law and lawyers within it. He went to America dismayed by the weak state of democracy...
Tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
It is indeed a great pleasure to pay a special tribute to a global trailblazer who has had a profound impact on the legal thinking of many scholars and jurists around the world--men and women alike. The visit of Justice Ginsburg to the Constitutional...
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