ConLaw Class 18 – Race & Gender Discrimination

March 26th, 2014

The lecture notes are here. The live chat is here.

Race & Gender Discrimination

  • Loving v. Virginia (1373-1379).
  • Sex Discrimination (1407).
  • Craig v. Boren (1407-1416).
  • United States v. Virgnia (1416-1424).
  • Beyond Race and Sex (1425-1428).
  • “Fundamental Interests” (1441-1443).


Loving v. Virginia

Here are Mildred Delores Loving (nee Jeter)  and Richard Perry Loving. They had three children, Donald, Peggy, and Sidney.

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Here is a video of a documentary about their case.

Reed v. Reed

sallyreedThe home of Sally Reed, the eponymous plaintiff of Reed v. Reed, in Boise, Idaho, bears this plaque.

It reads, in part:

Sally Reed lived here. Idaho and the Nation owes a lot to Sally Reed, who, though an unlikely hero, blazed a trail nationally for women’s rights with a 1971 U.S. Supreme Court victory. Sally lived in a two-story wood frame home from 1935 until 1999. After her divorce in 1958, from Cecil R. Reed, Sally made a modest living for herself and her son Richard, by caring for sick and disabled veterans in her own home. Skip’s death in 1967 led to competing petitions’ to administer his small estate. Idaho law at the time said in such cases “the male must be preferred over the female.”

Though she never sought the spotlight and didn’t realize the widespread significance of what she was doing, Sally’s basic instincts for right and wrong moved her to challenge this discriminatory law all the way to the U.S> Supreme Court, with the help of .  . . now U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then a Rutgers University Law Professor and American Civil Liberties Union Volunteer.

The location at 1682 S Vista Ave in Boise is now an Angler shop.

Courtesy of Nick Korte.

Craig v. Boren

Here is a photograph take in 1996 on the 20th anniversary of Craig v. Boren.

The photo shows Fred Gilbert (criminal defense attorney who argued for Oklahoma), Carolyn Whitener (co-plaintiff and owner of Honk n Holler convenience store)
Justice Ginsburg (who argued the case), Curtis Craig (college student and co-plaintiff, now president of Explorer Pipeline Co.).

 This is the Honk-N-Holler Grocery store, where the light-beer was sold.

(Courtesy of Clare Cushman)

United States v. Virginia

This is the Virginia Military Institute.



Here are some of the first cadets that graduated from VMI.


And here is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as the Notorious R.B.G. (Yes, there is a tumblr)


And here is a picture of Scalia and Ginsburg riding an elephant in India.