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"In too many states, judicial elections are becoming political prizefights where partisans and special interests seek to install judges who will answer to them instead of the law and the Constitution."
--Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

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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