First Advisor

Ethan Sanders

Second Advisor

Chiang Michael


Regis College

Degree Name

Department of History, Politics and Political Economy

Department (optional)


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

25 pages


The Fourteenth Amendment is not often thought about as one of the pillars of American freedom and citizenship, but it is indeed. The Fourteenth Amdendment establishes equal protections under the law, due process, and citizenship. This thesis seeks to look at how the Fourteenth Amendment and gender intersect in a way that establishes who gets what rights, and how those rights are able to be interpreted. The way in which the Fourteenth Amendement is interpreted establishes who gets protections and what equality under the law means within the context of American society. In using legal history, and the breifing of case law, this thesis uses Constitutional law to explain the real life implications for the way that the Supreme Court throughout history has interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment.

Date of Award

Spring 2023