Katharine Bartlett
Katharine Bartlett

Katharine T. Bartlett is A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law at Duke University. She publishes widely in the areas of sex discrimination, family law, and employment discrimination, and is co-author of Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine and Commentary (8th ed. 2020, with Joanna Grossman, Deborah Rhode, and Deborah Brake). She was formerly dean of Duke Law School.

Columns by Katharine Bartlett
Letting His Hair Down: Why a School District in Texas Is Wrong to Deprive a Male Student of an Education Because of the Length of His Hair

SMU Dedman School of Law professor Joanna L. Grossman and Duke law professor Katharine T. Bartlett explain why a public school district in Texas violated both the federal Constitution and Title IX by having (and enforcing) a hair-length policy for boys but not for girls. Grossman and Bartlett describe the facts of the case and the legal landscape for sex-specific dress and appearance policies before concluding that the school district’s decision to enforce the policy was not only poor judgment but illegal.

Blue for Boys, White With Flowers for Girls: When Commencement Is an Exercise in Discrimination

Hofstra University law professor Joanna L. Grossman and Duke law professor Katharine T. Bartlett explain why a high school policy prescribing one color of robes for boys and another color for girls violates both the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX. Grossman and Bartlett describe how this controversy could be easily resolved, as other schools have resolved other similar controversies.