This Note briefly outlines recent history of equal protection and gender-based legislative classifications as well as relates the pertinent facts behind the Goldfarb decision. This Note also examines the validity of the dissenting proposals that administrative convenience alone should validate gender-based classification, and that social security, being a noncontract benefit, requires less scrutiny than do other divisions of the law.

I. Introduction

II. Development of Modern Equal Protection Theory

III. The Background of Goldfarb

IV. Analysis … A. Legislative Purpose … B. Administrative Convenience … C. Contract Theory