Ruth Bader Ginsburg paved the way for gender equality in this country. While the late Supreme Court Justice became an icon on the highest bench in the country, she achieved much of her progress for equality earlier in her life, as a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
RBG’s first case on behalf of the ACLU heard by the Supreme Court was Reed v. Reed (1971), a landmark case in women’s rights. RBG challenged an Idaho law requiring men to be favored over women as administrators of an estate. The plaintiff brief she wrote established that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment could be used as a successful legal argument against gender discrimination; the Reed v. Reed victory marked the first time gender discrimination was recognized as a direct violation of the Constitution.
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