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Thurgood Marshall has taught us two lessons. The first demands that equality always be taken seriously and the second demonstrates how the law might be used to meet that demand. The revolution in the law that he so inspired began with race, but in time reached other disadvantaged groups, including women. Building on Marshall's achievements and the other hard fought victories of the civil rights movement, feminists have been demanding a true and substantive equality for women and using the law to achieve their purposes.

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