In a few short years, the Supreme Court has upended American law, pursuing a regressive agenda cloaked as a return to the Constitution’s “original meaning.” 

The Court’s embrace of originalism poses special risks to women. The 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, exemplifies this threat — the majority failed to fully grapple with how legal and cultural gender norms have shifted since the founding era. United States v. Rahimi, which is built entirely around the fact that domestic violence was not a crime in the 18th century, has taken originalism to its logical but absurd end at the expense of American women.   

On June 12, join us virtually for a panel discussion with Madiba K. Dennie, author of the new book The Originalism Trap; Khiara M. Bridges of UC Berkeley School of Law; Emily Martin of the National Women’s Law Center; and Alicia Bannon of the Brennan Center and State Court Report. Together, these speakers will explore what the 2023–24 Supreme Court term has meant and could mean for all Americans, through the lens of what it means for half the population.

Produced in partnership with the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Center