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Laws written by men to protect women deserve scrutiny, Supreme Court told

Laws written by men to protect women deserve scrutiny, Supreme Court told

History holds a lesson for the Supreme Court, the brief warns: Be skeptical of laws protecting women that are written by men.

The nation's past is littered with such statutes, say the historians who filed the friend-of-the-court brief, and the motives were suspect.

Some protected women from "the embarrassment of hearing filthy evidence" as members of a jury, a sheltering instinct that resulted in female defendants being judged by panels composed only of men.

Some shielded women from having to work nights as pharmacists in hospitals - but not as low-wage custodians.

Some barred women from working as bartenders - jobs coveted by men - but not as cocktail...

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