How Female Judges Decide Cases
By Anonymous • June 04, 2009•Politics and Government
Neil A. Lewis discusses the question of how female judges decide cases in his piece Debate on Whether Female Judges Decide Differently Arises Anew:
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, is often quoted as saying that a wise female judge will come to the same conclusion as a wise male judge.
But the opposing argument was bolstered forcefully in April by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, currently the court’s only woman, in a case involving Savana Redding, a 13-year-old girl who had been strip-searched at school by the authorities on suspicion of hiding some ibuprofen pills that may be bought over-the-counter.
The rest of the article is here.
Further reading on the topic:
Sally J. Kenney, Thinking about gender and juding
Christina L. Boyd, Lee Epstein, and Andrew D. Martin, Untangling the Casual Effects of Sex on Judging
Jennifer Peresie, Female Judges Matter: Gender and Collegial Decisionmaking in the Federal Appeallate Courts
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