© 2016 Alexis Deise

photography by Carol Gander:  www.carolgander.com

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Quilts for Ruth

 

A series of quilts using  traditional motifs and textiles to evoke themes in the feminist jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Reed v. Reed (Log Cabin)
2017
""Laws which disable women from full participation in the political, business and economic arenas are often characterized as 'protective' and beneficial. The pedestal upon which women have been placed has all too often, upon closer inspection, been revealed as a cage.'"  Appellant's Br. in Reed v. Reed, No. 70-4, June 25, 1971, quoting Sail'er Inn, Inc. v. Kirby, 5 Cal. 3d 1 (1971).
Gonzalez v. Carhart (Goose Chase)
2017
"[T] he Court deprives women of the right to make an autonomous choice, even at the expense of their safety.  This way of thinking reflects ancient notions about women's place in the family and under the Constitution—ideas that have long since been discredited." Gonzales v. Carhart, 550 U.S. 124, 184–85 (2007)  (Ginsburg, J., dissenting).
United States v. Virginia  (Double Wedding Ring)
2017
"'Inherent differences' between men and women, we have come to appreciate, remain cause for celebration, but not for denigration of the members of either sex or for artificial constraints on an individual's opportunity…. 'Benign' justifications proffered in defense of categorical exclusions will not be accepted automatically; a tenable justification must describe actual state purposes, not rationalizations for actions in fact differently grounded." United States  v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515, 533 (1996).
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