Monday, March 23, 2009

Justice O'Connor on Women's Rights

Justice O'Connor participated in an interview with the New York Times to promote her new website for children.  Though she declines to call herself a feminist, take note of what she does say:

 Do you call yourself a feminist?

I never did. I care very much about women and their progress. I didn’t go march in the streets, but when I was in the Arizona Legislature, one of the things that I did was to examine every single statute in the state of Arizona to pick out the ones that discriminated against women and get them changed.

So do you call yourself a feminist today?

I don’t call myself that.

Is there a label you prefer?

A fair judge and a hard worker.

(She also had some very nice things to say about Justice Ginsberg.)   While Justice O'Connor may not be thought of as a "feminist" and rejects that label, a parsing of her opinions in Ngyuen v. INS and the main portion of Planned Parenthood v. Casey - which essentially saved Roe - say enough about her judicial philosophy in this regard.


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