Justice Rehnquist, Secret Feminist?

Suddenly he's everyone's favorite feminist, railing against "stereotype-based beliefs about the allocation of family duties" and "invalid gender stereotypes" in the workplace. The language is Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist's, in his surprising majority opinion last week saying that state governments have to abide by the Family and Medical Leave Act. Rehnquist is better known for his decisions in favor of states' rights and against groups that want protection from discrimination. What got into him? Some theories:

--This is his swan song, meant to soften his image as a hardhearted jurist. Rumors are swirling about his possible retirement. Close observers...

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