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Judges with daughters more likely to rule in favor of women's rights

Associate Justice David Souter signs documents of office Tuesday October 9, 1990 at the Supreme Court after being sworn-in as the newest member of the high court. From left are: Chief Justice William Rehnquist; Associate Justices Antonin Scalia; Sandra Day O'Connor; Thurgood Marshall; Anthony M. ...

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Former Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was famously conservative and a champion of states' rights, but in a 2003 Supreme Court opinion, he ruled in favor of suing state employers for "violating a federal law that allowed time off for emergencies."
Writing the majority opinion, Rehnquist criticized "the pervasive sex-role stereotype that caring for family members is women's work," wrote Adam Liptak for The New York Times.
Liptak noted that during the term Rehnquist "suddenly turned into a feminist," one of his daughters had recently been divorced and become a single, working mother.
New research suggests that ...

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