Justice O’Connor on Women’s Rights

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Justice O’Connor participated in an interview with the New York Times to promote her new website for children.   Though she declines to call herself a feminist, take note of what she does say:

Do you call yourself a feminist?

I never did. I care very much about women and their progress. I didn’t go march in the streets, but when I was in the Arizona Legislature, one of the things that I did was to examine every single statute in the state of Arizona to pick out the ones that discriminated against women and get them changed.

So do you call yourself a feminist today?

I don’t call myself that.

Is there a label you prefer?

A fair judge and a hard worker.

(She also had some very nice things to say about Justice Ginsberg.)     While  Justice O’Connor may not be thought of as a “feminist” and rejects that label, a parsing of her opinions in Ngyuen v. INS and the main portion of Planned Parenthood v. Casey – which essentially saved Roe – say enough about her judicial philosophy in this regard.

– Nareissa L. Smith, cross-posted from Constitutional Law Prof Blog

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