THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Linda J. Wharton
“I knew there was something off in a world where women played one narrowly-prescribed role and men played another.”
Attorney, Professor, Consultant with expertise in Constitutional Law, Women and the Law, Civil Liberties, Advanced Constitutional Litigation, and Gender and Political Action. Managing Attorney of the Women’s Law Project (1989-1997). Lead co-counsel in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a challenge to Pennsylvania’s restrictive abortion law, which was decided by the United States Supreme Court in 1992. ERA Coalition’s Legal Task Force.
Interviewed by Judy Waxman, July 9, 2020
Photo 1. Pro-choice march in D.C. in advance of the oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Left to Right: Janet Benshoof, Kitty Kolbert (Linda’s co-counsel in Casey) and Linda. April 5, 1992. Photo 2. Linda celebrates Suffrage August 18th, 2020.
More About Linda:
- Equal Means Equal
- Woman’s Almanac by Kathryn Paulsen and Ryan A. Kuhn
- Linda Wharton biography
- We Argued the Biggest Supreme Court Abortion Case Since Roe. Here’s How to Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose, by Kathryn Kolbert and Linda J. Wharton
- Linda J. Wharton, Roe at Thirty-Six and Beyond: Enhancing Protection for Abortion Rights Through State Constitutions, 15 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 469 (2009)
- Linda J. Wharton, Susan Frietsche & Kathryn Kolbert, Preserving the Core of Roe: Reflections on Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 18 Yale J.L. & Feminism (2006)
- Linda J. Wharton, State Equal Rights Amendments Revisited: Evaluating Their Effectiveness in Advancing Protection against Sex Discrimination, 36 Rutgers L. J. 1201 (2005)