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Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan

Significance, Vestiges Of Old South, "minimal Scrutiny", "intermediate Scrutiny", O'connor Rejects University's Arguments


Mississippi University for Women


Joe Hogan

Petitioner's Claim

That the state-supported school's nursing program did not violate gender-equity statutes, and it could continue its single-sex admission policy.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Hunter M. Gholson

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Wilbur O. Colom

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

1 July 1982


That the Mississippi University for Women had violated Hogan's constitutional right to equal protection of the law by barring him admission to its nursing school.

Related Cases

  • Katzenbach v. Morgan, 384 U.S. 641 (1966).
  • Reed v. Reed, 404 U.S. 71 (1971).
  • Craig v. Boren, 429 U.S. 190 (1976).
  • Califano v. Goldfarb, 430 U.S. 199 (1977).
  • Califano v. Webster, 430 U.S. 313 (1977).
  • Orr v. Orr, 440 U.S. 268 (1979).
  • Kirchberg v. Feenstra, 450 U.S. 455 (1981).

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