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Muller v. Oregon - Significance, A Clash Of Ideas, With Friends Like These . . ., The Aftermath, Further Readings

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Curt Muller


State of Oregon

Appellant's Claim

That Oregon's 1903 maximum hours law for women is unconstitutional.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

William D. Fenton, Henry H. Gilfry

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

H. B. Adams, Louis Brandeis

Justices for the Court

David Josiah Brewer (writing for the Court), William Rufus Day, Melville Weston Fuller, John Marshall Harlan I, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joseph McKenna, William Henry Moody, Rufus Wheeler Peckham, Edward Douglass White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

24 February 1908


That Oregon's maximum hour law for women was constitutional because females are a "special class" in need of protection.

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  • United States v. Darby, 312 U.S. 100 (1941).
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over 9 years ago

Reading about this court case fills me with joy. This was an amazing article. It disgusts me that they would make women work more than 10 hours.

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almost 10 years ago

Intriguing. Motherhood vs. work hours.

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about 10 years ago

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almost 11 years ago

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