The Law: Life with Father

The equal-rights movement has bumped up against one of the most powerful bastions of male dominance in the U.S.—and moved it. Last week the men who sit on the Supreme Court, again with Douglas absent, unanimously ruled that an amendment to the Social Security Act granting aid to a widow caring for a child but not to a widower is unconstitutional. Taking a tough stand against sex discrimination, the court said that the Constitution would not tolerate the assumption "that male workers' earnings are vital to the support of their families, while the earnings of female wage earners do not significantly...

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