In 1945, Michigan legislators passed a law which prohibited women from being bartenders in cities with populations of over 50,000. In order to retain their economic livelihood, 28 women, bar owners and barmaids, sued. It ultimately ended up in a case (Goesaert v. Cleary) which was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Law schools teach this as a classic case of gender discrimination.
Amy French received a B.A. from U of M, a M.A. from CMU, and is currently working on her Ph.D. from Wayne. Throughout her career, she has attempted to bring women’s issues to the forefront. She is also very active in the community