The Black, Queer, Feminist Legal Trailblazer You've Never Heard Of

February 19, 2015 4:14 PM

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Dr. Pauli Murray is hardly the household name that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, but a recent profile in Salon argues she should be. As Salon's Britney Cooper explains, Murray, who graduated from Howard University's School of Law in 1944, was one of the first lawyers to argue that the Equal Protection Clause's approach to racial discrimination should apply equally to gender-based discrimination.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg credits Murray's work as the inspiration for her 1971 brief in Reed v. Reed, which ruled women could not be excluded as administrators of personal estates based on their gender. The Supreme Court case marked the first time that the Equal Protection Clause wa...

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