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Reed v. Reed

Significance, Win Some, Lose Some, Equal Protection, Further Readings


Sally Reed


Cecil Reed

Appellant's Claim

That Sally Reed's constitutional rights were violated by Idaho's law favoring the appointment of a man over a similarly situated woman to act as administrator of an estate.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Allen R. Derr, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

Charles S. Stout, Myron E. Anderson

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, John Marshall Harlan II, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

22 November 1971


That Idaho's law was "based solely on a discrimination prohibited by and therefore violative of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."

Related Cases

  • United States v. Anthony, 24 F.Cas. 829 (1873).
  • Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162 (1875).

Additional topics

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