State Responsibility for Gender Stereotyping
Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law
April 20, 2014
17 J. Gender Race & Justice 333 (2014)
Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-14
Scholars have recently re-discovered Justice Ruth Bader Ginburg’s early anti-stereotyping work. As Cary Franklin notes, Justice Ginsburg’s approach "was grounded not in a commitment to eradicating sex classifications from the law, but in a far richer theory of equal protection involving constitutional limitations on the state’s power to enforce sex-role stereotypes." Some of these scholars believe that this approach holds great promise for issues at the "frontiers of equal protection law" such as same-sex marriage and the work-family conflict. As Ginsburg herself has come to realize, however, anti-stereotyping is only the beginning. This Article explains why anti-stereotyping is insufficient, what else is needed, and why the Constitution cannot be relied upon to provide it. It explains why the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW or Women’s Convention) is far more promising. The Article concludes that CEDAW’s bar on stereotyping is not only better for women than the Constitution’s grant of equal protection, but better for men as well.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: gender, international human rights, equal protection, stereotyping
JEL Classification: K33
Date posted: April 22, 2014 ; Last revised: May 5, 2014
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