ACLU attorney Gillian Thomas has a new book about the legal history of sex equality in the workplace.  After reading today’s New York Times review of the book, it’s definitely at the top of my “to read” list.

According to the review, a theme of Thomas’s book is the impact laws have had beyond lawmakers’ original intentions.  She discusses both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 1968 vote to remove the draft exemption for law school students in the context of the effects these laws had on fighting gender discrimination in the workplace.

Thomas’s discussion of the importance of which judges decided these cases sounds particularly interesting and relevant given the current tension over how we should handle appointing Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the U.S. Supreme Court.

I’m looking forward to diving into this book, which the Times describes as “both meticulously researched and rewarding to read.”  I enjoy books that humanize legal issues and make them accessible to a wide audience, and I’m confident “Because of Sex” will achieve both.

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