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The rugged feminism of Sandra Day O'Connor

Judith Olans Brown, Northeastern University School of Law
Wendy E. Parmet, Northeastern University School of Law
Mary E. O'Connell, Northeastern University School of Law

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Originally published in Indiana Law Review, Vol. 32, No.4, pp. 1219-1246, 1999.

Abstract

In this Article we explore Justice O'Connor's response to the woman question by looking at her opinions on matters traditionally perceived to be of interest to women or matters historically recognized as women's issues. This leads us to consider cases about women as physical and sexual beings and cases about women as nurturers and caretakers. In addition, we look at cases about individuals who, like women, have been traditionally perceived as dependent, vulnerable, and economically insecure. We do not claim that these are the only issues that matter to women. Clearly, the range of issues that matter to women is as broad as the Court's docket.

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Indiana Law Review, Vol. 32, No.4, pp. 1219-1246, 1999.