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...

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