United States v. Virginia, 518 US 515 (1996)

United States v. Virginia, 518 US 515 (1996)



Book Chapter

United States v. Virginia, 518 US 515 (1996), in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court 384 (Kathryn M. Stanchi, Linda L. Berger, and Bridget J. Crawford eds., 2016)

  • Commentary by Christine Venter
  • Judgment by Valerie K. Vojdik

What would United States Supreme Court opinions look like if key decisions on gender issues were written with a feminist perspective? Feminist Judgments brings together a group of scholars and lawyers to rewrite, using feminist reasoning, the most significant US Supreme Court cases on gender from the 1800s to the present day. The twenty-five opinions in this volume demonstrate that judges with feminist viewpoints could have changed the course of the law. The rewritten decisions reveal that previously accepted judicial outcomes were not necessary or inevitable and demonstrate that feminist reasoning increases the judicial capacity for justice. Feminist Judgments opens a path for a long overdue discussion of the real impact of judicial diversity on the law as well as the influence of perspective on judging.

  • Contains contributions from more than 50 feminist scholars and lawyers, so readers will learn about feminist reasoning from experienced writers and thinkers
  • People interested in the Supreme Court, politics, feminism and women's studies will gain from varied and informed perspectives through a feminist lens



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Cambridge University Press


Feminism, women, legal status, laws


Law | Supreme Court of the United States

United States v. Virginia, 518 US 515 (1996)