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‘Hobby Lobby’ and the Case for More Women on the Bench

From the start of this week’s oral arguments, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg drilled former Solicitor General Paul Clement.

From the start of this week’s oral arguments, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg drilled former Solicitor General Paul Clement, who was arguing on behalf of the for-profit craft store Hobby Lobby. That’s because they know that if Hobby Lobby wins, women lose.

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Four Insurance Companies Accused of Widespread Sex Discrimination

In a series of complaints, the National Women's Law Center claims four insurance companies are charging women more for long-term care policies, and states are complicit in the discrimination.

In a series of complaints, the National Women’s Law Center claims four insurance companies are charging women more for long-term care policies, and states are complicit in the discrimination.

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Wal-Mart Gets a Free Pass For Bias From the Supreme Court

Betty Dukes, March 2011. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Supreme Court issued its decision in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart sex discrimination case yesterday, a frustrating ruling that doesn’t challenge the existence of bias, but that exempts the company from accountability.

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Pre-Packaging Gender Roles: Abstinence-Only Programs Perpetuate Dangerous Stereotypes

The notion that men and women sure are different is at the center of best-selling books, at least one Broadway play, and pretty much all episodes of “Everybody Love Raymond.” But as much as it can be mined for humor, it can also be pretty damaging. While there is some truth to the whole “men are from Mars women are from Venus” kind of thinking, the solution isn’t, as ab-only programs would have us believe, to accept these behaviors as innate and unchangeable and let either sex (though let’s face it, mostly men) behave badly as result. Instead students should be asked to question the nature, validity, and origin of these gender stereotypes, and to explore how stereotypes affect communication within friendships and sexual relationships.

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2008-2009 Supreme Court Term Begins

This winter, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a number of cases that could expand or curtail women’s ability to challenge discrimination in the workplace.

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Federal Court Rules Discrimination Against Transgender Woman is Sex Discrimination

Are transgender people protected from employment discrimination based on existing law protecting Americans from sex discrimination and sex stereotyping? A federal court says yes.

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Rural Employment Act Is Mixed for Women

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) is one of the most closely watched social initiatives in India. While the scheme has the potential to be effective in the alleviation of unemployment and poverty, it is imperative is to study women’s participation in the social auditing of the NREGA.

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