Rest in Power: Nadine Taub, Unsung Architect of Sexual Harassment Law

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On June 16, pioneering feminist attorney Nadine Taub passed away at the age of 77.

Nadine Taub. (Rutgers)

Taub was a professor at Rutgers Law School from 1973 until 2000. In the early 1970s, she founded Rutgers’s Women’s Rights Litigation Clinic (the first of its kind in the country), and for many years she was the faculty advisor of the “Women’s Rights Law Reporter“—the first U.S. legal periodical to focus exclusively on the field of women’s rights law. 

Taub played a pivotal—but largely unrecognized—role in the development of sexual harassment law in the United States. With her students’ assistance, Taub litigated one of the first sexual harassment cases, Adrienne Tomkins v. Public Services Elec. & Gas. Co., brought in 1974, before the term “sexual harassment” was even coined. (That happened in 1975 for the first speakout in Ithaca, New…

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