Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Justice Marshall - Practical Feminist?

The Legal History Blog has a reference to a new article by Maryland Professor Taunya Lovell Banks which examines the role of Justice Thurgood Marshall in advancing women's rights while on the Court.  Professor Banks compares his voting record on women's issues with the positions he took in opinions he authored that affected women.  Her verdict - "I conclude that Marshall, while a friend to women, was no feminist in the contemporary meaning of the word, and at best could be classified as a practical as opposed to an idealistic feminist."


Note:  SSRN does not seem to have the paper available for download at this time, but we will post an update when the download is available.


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