Ruth Bader, Supreme Court, Air Force discussed on It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

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There was another case with a woman who had joined the Air Force and was married but she did not qualify for a housing allowance that her male counterparts Dot v Indeed Sharon frontier. Oh. When she was lieutenant in the Air Force as you say, couldn't get the same housing benefits for. Married Woman that married man in the air force could have gotten a she thought the whole thing couldn't possibly be how it was. She just auto someone made an administrative error all just get this all straightened out and was sort of horrified not only that she was denied the benefits but also I think by the condescending attitude that she was treated with which was kind of like, Hey, you're lucky to be. In the Air Force at all lady and she just said forget it. I'm going to fight this got a lawyer Ruth Bader. Ginsburg who was then working with the women's rights project took on the case and she and lawyer who had originally brought it together or unit before the Supreme Court and just starting off on on Ruth Bader Ginsburg path of making the case that men and women should be treated. Equally, under the US Constitution Yeah and so she ends up during this time period are during what six cases in front of the Supreme Court she wins five of those six. It's a very it's so interesting because she's always so calm and self possessed but she said she didn't eat lunch that day because she hers argument was the first one after lunch and she was afraid she'd throw up in the courtroom sheet lunch. We know there's one once or I'm gonNA tell. I I met her by phone. I was a brand new reporter assigned to cover the Supreme Court. And I am trying to learn everything I can learn about the court, and of course, I know next to nothing and there's this brief and it's I guess what seventy two and argues it's it was the first sexist rumination case to go to the Supreme Court and it argues that women are covered by the fourteenth amendment guarantee of equal protection of the laws. Now, this is a post civil war constitutional amendment, and so I I didn't really understand why this would apply to women why wouldn't apply to you know it was enacted for the freed slaves. It's to hear you say that because I hear equal protection now into me in my mind, it applies to everyone and everything, but it didn't during. A that's what I thought. So I, go I, call her up this I. Look on the Front of the brief. It's written by professor at rutgers named Ruth Bader Ginsburg I call her up and I emerged from the phone booth like an hour later. Sort of like a a goose who'd been. Force Fed information for an hour to get me ready for to produce my liver in this case, my story and And and what she said.

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