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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Roberts v. United States Jaycees
Citation:468 U.S. 609 (1984)
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The United States Jaycee, founded in 1920 as the Junior Chamber of Commerce, is a nonprofit membership corporation. The objectives of the Jaycees is to pursue educational and charitable purposes as will promote and foster the growth and development of young men’s civic organizations in the United States. Regular membership is limited to young men between the ages of 18 and 35, while associate membership is available to individuals ineligible for regular membership, principally women and older men. An associate member may not vote, hold local or national office, or participate in certain leadership training programs. In 1974, Minnesota’s Jaycees began admitting women as regular members, in violation of the national organization’s bylaws. When the president of the national organization advised it to revoke the bylaws, it field charges of discrimination, alleging that the exclusion of women from full membership.
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