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"Judges must be perceived as beyond price. When litigants go to court they ... do not want the umpire calling balls and strikes before the game has begun."
Ann Walsh Bradley, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice

Women in the Law


Women have come far and accomplished much in the federal judiciary. Women in the 19th century faced significant challenges gaining admission to state bars. On several occasions the Supreme Court itself rejected the appeals of women for admission, leaving it to the states to regulate the legal profession. No woman would be appointed to the federal bench for decades.

Today, women represent approximately 30% of the federal judiciary,  but much work remains to be done before true gender diversity is achieved in the courts.

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