How Female Judges Decide Cases

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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