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GENDER AND JUDGING: WOMEN ON THE BENCH

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GENDER AND JUDGING: WOMEN ON THE BENCH

          Does it matter if you go before a male or a female judge? Do they make different decisions? And here’s an easy one: are there more men judges or women judges?  Twenty years ago, pundits explained the low numbers of women on the bench by pointing out the low numbers of female law school grads.  That explanation no longer holds water. So where are the women judges, and why should we care?

          Dr. Sally Kenney is the co-founder and co-chair of the Law And Society’s Collaborative Research Network on Women Judges, and has researched gender and judging, judicial selection, feminist social movements, women and electoral politics, the European Court of Justice, exclusionary employment policies, and pregnancy discrimination. Her most recent book, Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter, was published by Routledge Press in 2013. She has worked closely with the academic network of the National Association of Women Judges and in 2013, she received the National Association of Women Judges Florence Murray Award. She has also conducted trainings for judges in Tbilisi, Georgia and Nairobi, Kenya, as well as throughout the United States.  She also is a founder of the Infinity Project, an organization that works to increase gender diversity of federal judges.

          Join us as we talk gender and judging with Dr. Sally Kenney.

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