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The Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg & The Future of Feminist Jurisprudence

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Monday, October 5, 2020 - 4:00pm

“A gender line ... helps to keep women not on a pedestal, but in a cage.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

For more than fifty years, Ruth Bader Ginsburg worked to end sex and gender discrimination in U.S. law.  First as the founder of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project in 1972, where she successfully argued five of the six cases before the Supreme Court, and then as only the second woman serving on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Please join us for a panel reflecting on Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and what the future holds for feminist jurisprudence, the Supreme Court, the country, and the prospect of using the courts to secure equal rights and justice going forward, not just for women, but for all folks marginalized by law. As cases involving racial justice, voting rights, immigrant rights, healthcare access, Native American rights, LGBTQ rights, and reproductive rights continue to wind their way toward the Court, does a jurist like Justice Ginsburg matter?  How and why? And if not, why not?


  • Carrie Baker, Smith College Program for Study of Women and Gender
  • Traci Parker, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, UMass
  • Kathleen A. Brown-Pérez, Commonwealth Honors College, Umass
  • Laurie Frankl, Title IX Coordinator, Amherst College
  • Jennifer L. Nye, History Department, Umass

Co-Sponsors: Umass Amherst Departments of History, Afro-American Studies, Legal Studies, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Program for Study of Women & Gender, Smith College; History, Amherst College; Center for Justice, Law, and Societies, UMass; Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate; and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts

*Black’s Law Dictionary defines feminist jurisprudence as “a branch of jurisprudence [philosophy of law] that examines the relationship between women and law, including the history of legal and social biases against women, the elimination of those biases in modern law, and the enhancement of women’s legal rights and recognition in society.” 

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Jennifer L. Nye

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