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Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Judges, Daughters and Women's Rights

From the NYT, Another Factor Said to Sway Judges to Rule for Women's Rights: A Daughter

It turns out that judges with daughters are more likely to vote in favor of women’s rights than ones with only sons. The effect, a new study found, is most pronounced among male judges appointed by Republican presidents, like Chief Justice Rehnquist....

 

There was no relationship between having daughters and liberal votes generally. Daughters made a difference in only “civil cases having a gendered dimension....”

 

The most likely explanation, Professor Sen said, was the one offered by Justice Ginsburg. “By having at least one daughter,” Professor Sen said, “judges learn about what it’s like to be a woman, perhaps a young woman, who might have to deal with issues like equity in terms of pay, university admissions or taking care of children.”

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