Covering the High-Stakes Fight for the Supreme Court

The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh by President Trump to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court could shift the balance on the Court and dramatically undermine women’s and civil rights and LGBTQ equality for generations. Protests across the country have warned that if he is confirmed, Kavanaugh could be the decisive vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, gut the Affordable Care Act and undermine the hard fought gains for working people and the environment.

Women protested Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination at #StopKavanaugh rallies around the country to mark Women’s Equality Day on August 26. (Charles Edward Miller / Creative Commons)

In our fall issue, award-winning author Amanda Hollis-Brusky takes stock not just of the threats Kavanaugh poses should he be confirmed, but of the efforts by Trump to stack the federal courts, at every level, with nominees just like Kavanaugh. Become a Ms. member today to get our fall issue before it hits newsstands and read our urgent report on the gender gap and the high-stakes election, including what’s ahead for the judiciary.

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Both in the fall issue and online, we take an in-depth look into the organization that put Kavanaugh’s name forward to the President: the Federalist Society, a conservative organization dedicated to so-called “originalism”—and rolling back of decades of progress won in the courts. We’re also closely examining Kavanaugh’s record, and taking stock of the impact his confirmation could have on women, people of color and other marginalized communities.

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Katherine Spillar is the executive director of Feminist Majority Foundation and executive editor of Ms., where she oversees editorial content and the Ms. in the Classroom program.