Cover

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Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction. The Patriarchal Voice of the Law: Generic Scripts and Bradwell v. Illinois

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pp. 1-18

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has reshaped the language of American jurisprudence. Since the early 1970s, Ginsburg has led the most profound attack on sexist law in the history of the United States.1 Her legal advocacy has confronted the patriarchal voice of the law and pointedly challenged an entrenched genre of legal language that silences the voices and experiences ...

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1. Judicial Rhetoric and Women’s Place: The Legal Precedent of Separate Spheres

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pp. 19-37

Nearly one hundred years would pass from the court’s ruling in Bradwell v. Illinois before Ruth Bader Ginsburg would launch her challenge to the traditional voice of the law in Reed v. Reed. During that time, the patriarchal voice of the law and the logics of separate spheres would gain strength and build precedent. ...

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2. Advancing a Language of Feminist Jurisprudence: Reed v. Reed and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Grandparent Brief

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pp. 38-61

Reed v. Reed marks an important turning point in the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence of gender equality. In response to the 1971 case, and for the first time in history, the court struck down a law that discriminated against women in violation of the Equal Protection Clause. The vice president of the National Women’s Law Center explains, “The Supreme Court ...

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3. Shifting the Boundaries of Equal Protection: Justice Ginsburg’s Defense of Progressive Constitutionalism in United States v. Virginia

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pp. 62-83

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated to the high court by President William Jefferson Clinton and began her term on October 4, 1993, as the second woman to ever serve on the United States Supreme Court. Announcing her nomination in the White House Rose Garden, President Clinton introduced Ruth Bader Ginsburg as “the Thurgood Marshall of gender ...

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4. Confronting the Boundaries of Abortion Jurisprudence: Justice Ginsburg’s Equality Rationale in Gonzales v. Carhart

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pp. 84-102

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissenting voice has transformed her into a liberal icon. A growing market of Ruth Bader Ginsburg T-shirts emblazoned with phrases like “I Dissent” and “You Can’t Tell the Truth Without Ruth” testify to an increasing fascination with the justice, who has become the leading liberal voice on the modern Supreme Court. ...

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5. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy of Dissent: Feminist Contributions and Democratic Promise

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pp. 103-122

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarkable legal legacy rests upon her consistent and direct challenge to the law’s traditional voice. Her alternative rhetorical commitments have unsettled the generic conventions of legal discourse, transformed how the United States Constitution speaks to gender equality, and enlarged the American promise of equal protection to all. ...

Notes

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pp. 123-148

Bibliography

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pp. 149-160

Index

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pp. 161-170