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Without PrecedentThe Life of Susie Marshall Sharp$
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Anna R. Hayes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832141

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887813_hayes

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Taking the Veil

Taking the Veil

(p.249) Chapter 12 Taking the Veil
Without Precedent

Anna R. Hayes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the morning after Susie Sharp was sworn in, during which she reported for her first day at work as an associate justice. Susie's attention was diverted, however, by a furor in the press over issues related to her appointment. Most distressing for Justice Sharp was an article on the front page of the News and Observer in which the lead paragraph read, “Judge Susie Sharp, the first woman ever to become a justice of the State Supreme Court, believes that the average woman's place is in the home.” The story was picked up by newspapers all over the country and as far away as Puerto Rico and Germany. Many people sent her copies of a version that appeared as a “Special” to the New York Times. Written by reporter Roy Parker, Jr., the News and Observer article gave the impression that the quote was from an interview he conducted with the newly appointed justice.

Keywords:   Susie Sharp, associate justice, News and Observer, State Supreme Court, average woman, New York Times, Roy Parker

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