Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the feminine voice

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dc.contributor.advisor Baker, Ralph, 1942- en_US
dc.contributor.author Bonneau, Christopher W. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:38:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:38:28Z
dc.date.created 1998 en_US
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1998 .B66 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/186357
dc.description.abstract This paper examines whether Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg demonstrates any evidence of a "feminine voice" in her opinions. There has been much jurisprudential literature written recently regrading the possible existence of a "feminine voice." This paper surveyes the literature and defines what is meant by a "feminine voice." The paper proceeds to analyze some of Justice Ginsburg's opinions to determine if a "feminine voice" is present. This study focuses on four areas of law the literature suggests evidence of a "feminine voice" might be found: cases involving gender, race, the Establishment Clause, and physician-assisted suicide. With the exception of cases concerning race, no evidence of a "feminine voice" was found. In race cases, there is evidence to suggest that Justice Ginsburg arrives at her decision in a way that is different from her male colleagues. The lack of evidence of a "feminine voice" in the other areas does not mean that no such voice exists; rather, it is just not present in all of the decisions written by Justice Ginsburg. The paper concludes that, at least in cases involving race, Justice Ginsburg does reason in a "feminine voice." While this is a narrow finding, the fact that there is evidence of a "feminine voice," at least in some cases, suggests that gender does play a role in judicial decision-making at the United States Supreme Court level.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Political Science
dc.format.extent 48 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist jurisprudence. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Judicial opinions -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist theory. en_US
dc.subject.other Ginsburg, Ruth Bader. en_US
dc.title Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the feminine voice en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1100447 en_US

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