Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Gruber Distinguished Lecturer in Women’s Rights: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Equality’s Frontiers

Watch the video from a conversation with Linda Greenhouse.

Watch the video of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lecture.

See photos from the event.


Justice Ruth Ginsburg delivering the Gruber Lecture in Women's Rights.

Yale Law School was pleased to welcome Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the inaugural Gruber Distinguished Lecturer in Women’s Rights. We celebrated Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her pioneering work reshaping the meaning of equality.

The program began in the Yale Law School Auditorium on Friday the 19th of October at 1:30 p.m. with a discussion of “Equality’s Frontiers.” The panelists were Cary Franklin ’05, Assistant Professor, University of Texas School of Law; Melissa Murray '02, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; Judith Resnik, the Arthur Liman Professor of Law, from Yale Law School; Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale University; Ian Shapiro ’87, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Director of the MacMillan Center, Yale University; and Kenji Yoshino ’96, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law.

The program continued from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Battell Chapel, for the exchange between Justice Ginsburg and Linda Greenhouse ’78, Senior Research Scholar in Law, the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence, and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

During the afternoon, cases related to sex discrimination, same-sex marriage, litigation as a source of equality, and reproductive rights were discussed. Below are links to some of the references, so that those interested may read the cases after the discussion.

Geduldig v. Aiello, 417 U.S. 484 (1974)

Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld, 420 U.S. 636 (1975)

Coker v. Georgia, 433 U.S. 584 (1977)

Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan, 458 U.S. 718 (1982)

M.L.B. v. S.L.J., 519 U.S. 102 (1996)

United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515 (1996)

Miller v. Albright, 523 U.S. 420 (1998)

Stenberg v. Carhart, 530 U.S. 914 (2000)

Nguyen v. INS, 533 U.S. 53 (2001)

Nevada Dept. of Social Services v. Hibbs, 538 U.S. 721 (2003)

Gonzales v. Carhart, 550 U.S. 124 (2007)

Coleman v. Court of Appeals of MD, 132 S.Ct. 1327 (2012)