National Affairs: Working Girls' Lingerie

The fastest flip-flop ever executed by the Supreme Court was on the constitutionality of State minimum wage laws for women. In invalidating New York State's minimum wage law in June 1936, it created a legal "no man's land" from which both State and Federal legislation was barred. In March 1937, the Court adroitly reversed itself, to uphold an analogous Washington statute.

One of the results of that decision was a renewed drive for wage laws based on "adequate maintenance" standards as well as "value of service" and "prevailing wages." Of 22 States having minimum...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!