The Ginsburg Tapes

By Lauren Moxley

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The Equal Rights Amendment is Back in the Courts
In case you missed it, the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment rages on–this time, in the courts. Crash course: for the Equal Rights Amendment Amendment to become part of the Constitution, 38 states need to ratify it. Congress sent the Amendment to the states in 1972, and 35 states ratified it between 1972 and...
Jul 03, 2020
We Won’t Settle for Tokens
Lauren breaks down the final tape of Ginsburg’s career as an advocate before the Supreme Court, and reflects on what she’s learned through this project. Questions for Lauren? Shoot her an email at, or find her on Twitter @laurenmoxley.
Mar 12, 2020
Not on a Pedestal, but in a Cage
The Ordinary Equality podcast tells the full story of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Kate Kelly interviewed Lauren about about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s role in gaining a “de facto ERA.” Kate also speaks with U.S. Representative Carolyn  B. Maloney, U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin, and Virginia state delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy about legislative constitutionalism. Questions for...
Mar 05, 2020
The Ghost of Phyllis Schlafly
I join forces with Kate Shaw and Melissa Murray, co-hosts of the Strict Scrutiny podcast, for a deep dive into the Equal Rights Amendment. Questions for Lauren? Shoot her an email at, or find her on Twitter @laurenmoxley.
Mar 02, 2020
Ride on Its Skirttails
After Leon Goldfarb’s wife, Hannah Goldfarb, passed away, he was denied benefits available to sole surviving spouses that he would have obtained if their gender-roles were reversed. Ruth Bader Ginsburg represented Leon in challenging the law. The government argued that Ginsburg wanted to “characterize this as a women’s rights case because the cause of women’s rights...
Jan 06, 2020
Near Beer and the Middle Tier
When did the Supreme Court finally raise the bar for sex equality under the Constitution?  In a case about beer. In Oklahoma, women could buy 3.2% alcohol beer at 18, but men had to wait until they turned 21.  Two fraternity brothers at Oklahoma State University teamed up with a co-owner of a local convenience...
Jun 03, 2019
A Ginsburg Tapes Mashup
This short episode describes the motivation for the Ginsburg Tapes podcast, and mashes up key moments from Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s oral arguments in the Supreme Court in the 1970s. Questions for Lauren? Shoot her an email at, or find her on Twitter and Instagram @ginsburgtapes.
May 01, 2019
Not a Pedestal, But a Cage
After Stephen Wiesenfeld’s wife Paula died giving birth to their son, he was denied benefits available to sole surviving mothers with modest incomes. Had Stephen and Paula’s places been reversed, Paula would have received those benefits. Ruth Bader Ginsburg represented Stephen in challenging the social security law. She used the case to show how a...
Apr 01, 2019
Make Us Serve
Edwards v. Healy involved a challenge to a Louisiana law that excused women from the duty to serve on juries. In Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s third oral argument before the Supreme Court, she tried to get the Court to overturn a ruling of just 13 years earlier upholding a volunteers-only jury scheme for women–which the Court...
Mar 01, 2019
Pregnancy Discrimination Cases of the 1970s
At the same time that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was arguing the sex equality cases that we’re focusing on in this podcast, the Supreme Court also heard a number of pregnancy discrimination cases.  In each case, the Burger Court struggled to see how pregnancy discrimination is a function of sex.  In their minds, pregnancy is different. ...
Feb 14, 2019
The Blind, the Lame, and the Widows
Ruth Bader Ginsburg only lost one case as an oral advocate in the Supreme Court: Kahn v. Shevin. The case involved a challenge to a Florida law according a special tax exemption to female widows, but not male widowers. Every widow got the tax exemption, regardless of her income–even the wealthy widowed woman of Palm...
Feb 01, 2019
Feet Off Our Necks
Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her debut as an oral advocate in the Supreme Court in Frontiero v. Richardson. The case involved a challenge to a law that treated men and women serving in the military differently. Specifically, Air Force Lieutenant Sharron Frontiero was denied dependent’s benefits for her husband, a navy veteran who had gone...
Jan 01, 2019