Linda Greenhouse is Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She writes an opinion column on the Supreme Court and law for The New York Times. Her new book, Just a Journalist, will be published in October.
 (October 2017)

IN THE REVIEW

Who Killed the ERA?

First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, and Betty Ford, International Women’s Year presiding officer Bella Abzug, and Torch of Freedom relay runners at the opening ceremonies of the National Women’s Conference, Houston, November 1977

Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

by Marjorie J. Spruill
How did the Equal Rights Amendment, an effort born in bipartisanship, end in polarizing defeat? Clearly, the ERA prompted a profound debate about the place of women not only in the workforce but in the home, the family, and society itself, in the course of which the amendment became entangled with the rise of the religious right that helped to bring about Reagan’s electoral sweep. Was the ERA the cause of polarization or its victim? Or did it turn out to be something else: a catalyst for positive change in legislative and judicial attitudes?

How Smart Women Got the Chance

Students graduating from Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 1962

“Keep the Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation

by Nancy Weiss Malkiel
Nancy Weiss Malkiel’s “Keep the Damned Women Out”, a painstakingly detailed account of how coeducation came to Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, is an invaluable antidote to the amnesia that has come to envelop the subject. More than that, it is an important work of cultural history. It seems a truism to observe that so profound a change could not have occurred in a vacuum, and Malkiel takes full account of the social and political revolutions that were convulsing the country in the 1960s. But she digs deeper to show how, as the decade neared its end, the leaders of Yale and Princeton realized that the mission these institutions had long assigned themselves of producing the nation’s leaders would soon be unsustainable in the absence of coeducation.

The Bittersweet Victories of Women

Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work

by Gillian Thomas
At first glance, the answer to the question “What is sex discrimination?” seems obvious enough: treating men and women differently, because of sex. But at second glance, considering that men and women actually are different in ways that might have some relevance to the workplace, complexities soon emerge.