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Works in the Works: Mothers of the Century: Three Mothers Who Litigated and Lost – and Still Changed the World

October 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

A talk by Kerin E. Coughlin

These are the stories of three mothers who, over one hundred years, used the U.S. courts to fight gender inequality. One fought for women’s right to practice law; another battled the exclusion of women from juries; and another challenged the U.S. military policy of firing officers who became pregnant. They all lost their cases, and the judges excoriated each of them for defying the patriarchal norms. However, despite these immediate failures, the three mothers achieved longlasting success for all women, because their cases set in motion processes that ultimately led to important permanent reforms.

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Meeting ID: 952 9486 2115
Passcode: 271035

Audience arrival time: 12:45-1pm

Presentation start time: 1pm.

Participants should mute their mics upon arrival.

Humanities Department