Introduction

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Proceeding seeks to examine how different identities, support systems, and levels of privilege influence the ways in which people experience and combat workplace discrimination. This exhibit centers on the landmark Supreme Court Case Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U.S. 228, as a primary case study.  

The U. S. Supreme Court case Hopkins v. Price Waterhouse was a seven-year battle against Ann Branigar Hopkins’ employer for gender discrimination. Her victory in 1989 helped to expand workplace discrimination laws to include gender stereotyping. In addition to the court documents, the large number of periodical publications show both the media and public were keenly interested in Hopkins’ story and experience. Correspondence received by Hopkins includes a number of letters from women she did not know but either encouraged her in her lawsuit or shared similar stories of discrimination. Ann Hopkins’ case paved the way for others to seek justice and continues to influence contemporary movements, such as transgender rights. 

Archival research was conducted by a team of undergraduates from Hollins University. Their findings produced three major sections of data: the lens of the law (court documents), media influence, and personal correspondence.  

The goal of this virtual exhibition is to provide an overview of the case, the importance of Title VII, and the impact of the case on current workplace discrimination principles.

Introduction