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What was the outcome of the Supreme Court case Reed v. Reed, and how has it affected women's rights in the United States?

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Reed v. Reed is an extremely important and significant Supreme Court decision as the ruling marked the first time that women were granted equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.  Equal protection means that women, men, and groups must be treated in the same way. Because of this decision, women (and men) had a basis for gender discrimination claims.  Here is the wording of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution:


All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the...

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Reed vs. Reed is the first decision in a century of 14th amendment litigation to rule that statutory gender discrimination violated the equal protection clause.They ruled that there could be no arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sex. The effect that it had on women was that women could not be discriminated.

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