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Dara Purvis - Associate Professor of Law, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Pauli Murray: The Autobiography of a Black Activist, Feminist, Lawyer, Priest, and Poet

Author: Pauli Murray

Book Description:

Pauli Murray developed an analogy between racial discrimination and gender discrimination that became the foundation of constitutional scrutiny of gender discrimination. As a graduate student facing the intersectional prejudice of "Jane Crow," she theorized arguments that decades of doctrine and scholarship now rest upon. My own career is profoundly indebted to her—not just because I also write about gender and the law, but because the reform she put into practice allowed me and countless other women to succeed.


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