The Double Minority: Empirical Evidence of a Double Standard in Law School Hiring of Minority Women

Deborah Merritt & Barbara Reskin

Statistical data is provided which shows the success of minority men in obtaining tenure-track positions between 1986 and 1991 compared with minority women during the same period. While one may argue that not enough black women professors are being offered tenure track positions as law faculty, administrators assert that not only is the pool of qualified applicants small, but black women professors are diligently sought after because they satisfy the demand for two minority groups. Statistical data is provided which demonstrates that minority men start teaching at higher ranks, obtain jobs at significantly more prestigious schools and are significantly less likely to teach low status courses----with sex alone as the determining factor.
  • Print Location 65 S. Cal. L. Rev. 2299

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