Category Archives: The Underrepresentation of Women

Citation Rates For Male and Female Law Profs in Legal Scholarship: Different From What We Thought?

Highlighted in the National Law Journal: Christopher Anthony Cotropia, University of Richmond School of Law, and Lee Petherbridge, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), have published Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation Rates.  Here is the abstract. Gender disparity in scholarly … Continue reading

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Why Are (Almost All of) the Most-Cited Legal Academics White Men?

On Wednesday, Brian Leiter posted a list of the ten most-cited legal scholars during the years 2009-2013 (really eleven, due to a tie for tenth place). All eleven are men, and to the best of my knowledge, 10/11 are white. … Continue reading

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Gender Disparity In Book Reviewing and Related Occupations

The New York Times’ Julie Bosman reports on VIDA’s annual survey of book reviews appearing in leading publications. VIDA: Women in Literary Arts reports that these reviews are overwhelmingly written by men. Ms. Bosman reports that Ruth Franklin at  the New … Continue reading

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Judgment Assignment and Gender On the Canadian Supreme Court

Peter James McCormick (Independent) is publishing Who Writes? Gender and Judgment Assignment on the Supreme Court of Canada in volume 51 of the Osgoode Hall Law School Law Review (2014). Here is the abstract. This article poses the question: now … Continue reading

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Where The Girls Aren’t

Ryan A. Malphurs, Courtroom Sciences Inc., Jaime Bochantin, DePaul University, L. Hailey Drescher, University of Kansas, and Melissa Wallace Framer, Arizona State University, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, have published Too Much Frivolity, Not Enough Femininity: A Study of Gender … Continue reading

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Shaken and Stirred, Women Leaving (Wall Street) Finance

Margo Epprecht on “The Real Reason Women Are Leaving Wall Street: Gentlemen Prefer Bonds.” Title cute, reasons not. But they’re also pretty predictable: a lot of sexism, along with the long hours, the financial crisis that caused many people to rethink … Continue reading

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Two New Female Lego Minifigures Have Been Released: Let’s Call Them “Progress” and “Backlash.”

The first is a female scientist: According to this site, “This latest minifig is significant because she’s the first female Lego scientist. For reasons unknown most Lego STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) minifigs are male.” The second Series 11 … Continue reading

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Examining the Crisis In Legal Education

Paula A. Monopoli, University of Maryland School of Law, has published Gender and the Crisis in Legal Education: Remaking the Academy in Our Image at 2012 Michigan State Law Review 1742. Here is the abstract. American legal education is in … Continue reading

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More push back on Sheryl Sandberg

In today’s New York Times we are treated to yet another installment of the cultural push back to Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” in an article entitled “Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Time at Home.” The article is really gag-making … Continue reading

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In Defense of Law Review Affirmative Action

As you may have seen, the new Scholastica submission service allows law reviews to collect demographic information from authors. A flurry of blog posts has recently cropped up in response; as far as I can tell, they range from negative … Continue reading

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Most Women Don’t Want Power and Status, She Says

Kay S. Hymowitz of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research writes in the City Journal about “The Plight of the Alpha Female.”  Here’s her explanation for the lack of gender parity in the highest ranks of business, government, academia: [W]omen … Continue reading

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“Not a single woman will lead any of the major House committees in the 113th Congress.”

Details here.

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According to the Inside the Law School Scam blog, “Clearly, the fact that law schools have produced an enormous oversupply of people with law degrees over the course of the last generation has an extremely significant gender component.”

And the alleged oversupply of law students is totally the fault of us dumb broads. NB: If you decide to read the post, it is probably best to avoid the comments, in case that needs pointing out.

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The South Carolina State Senate is going to have a woman member. Only one, but at least one.

See this, excerpt below: Katrina Shealy upended Lexington County politics Tuesday, ousting legendary state Sen. Jake Knotts to become the only woman in the state Senate. Shealy’s win was remarkable in that she beat Knotts in a district that the … Continue reading

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‘Why Are There No Women Writers in Vogue’s Edith Wharton Spread?”

That is the title of this Slate article, which notes: … Several hundred writers and fans had descended upon The Mount, Edith Wharton’s country house in Lenox, Mass., to celebrate the author’s 150th birthday with three days of panels and … Continue reading

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“A planned European Union law to impose sanctions on companies that do not allocate at least 40 percent of the seats on their boards to women has drawn enough opposition from Britain and other countries to risk being blocked before it is officially proposed.”

That is the first sentence of this NYT article.

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Corcos on “The Shift to Equal Rights of Succession to Thrones and Titles in the Modern European Constitutional Monarchy”

Christine Corcos (LSU) has posted to SSRN an abstract of her article forthcoming in the Michigan State Law Review.  Here it is: On October 27, 2011, the heads of the British Commonwealth member states agreed to remove barriers to the … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between a “Gender Quota” and “Gender Balance”?

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, writing for the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, describes it this way: Most companies looking to balance genders in their workforces set a target for the number of women in the organization. Royal Dutch Shell, for example, has committed … Continue reading

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Judge Nancy Gertner on “How the Courts Have Repealed the Civil Rights Act”

The Honorable Nancy Gertner (U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, retired) is delivering the luncheon address at the MSU Symposium on “Gender and the Legal Profession.” Here are a few of her highlights from her talk: Judge Gertner explains that the … Continue reading

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Clay Shirky’s “A Rant About Women” From Two Years Ago

Read it here. Below is an excerpt: “… Some of the most important opportunities we have are in two-sided markets: education and employment, contracts and loans, grants and prizes. And the institutions that offer these opportunities operate in an environment … Continue reading

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Univ. of Michigan to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Title IX

From the FLP mailbox, this notice of an upcoming conference at the University of Michigan, May 9-11, 2012: The new University of Michigan Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy (SHARP) Center for Women and Girls!  is hosting a national … Continue reading

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Women, Power, and Development

From the Asia Sentinel, this article:  Do Women in Power Act Differently From Men?  Here an excerpt: Several studies of women’s involvement in environmental protection cited below seem to indicate that they do – marginally. How that plays itself out … Continue reading

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Tait on “Do Patents Have Gender?” by Dan Burk

Allison Tait, a Gender Equity and Policy Postdoctoral Associate with the Yale Women Faculty Form has posted a review of Dan Burk’s piece, Do Patents Have Gender?  Dr. Tait writes: While Burk would like to separate gender realities from gender … Continue reading

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Female Representation on German Corporate Boards

From The Atlantic: Last Monday, the 30 companies of Germany’s blue-chip DAX stock index pledged to increase the proportion of women in management positions. That’s news in itself. What’s most interesting, however, is what didn’thappen that day, and what some German … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Campbell Law Review Edition

How difficult would it have been to find women to include in the symposium?   33 CAMPBELL LAW REVIEW, NO. 3, PP. 501-740, 2011. Symposium. Liberalism, Constitutionalism, and Christianity: Perspectives on the Influence of Christianity on Classical Liberal Legal Thought. … Continue reading

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“Brilliant” vs. “Beautiful” Babies: Guess Which Card is for the Girl?

Via Adriana Gardella (here) who conveys an apt critique in less than 140 characters: “Insidious greeting cards re: boys/girls.” -Bridget Crawford

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“Women Atop Their Fields Dissect the Scientific Life”

Interview by Gina Kolata in the NYT that begins as follows: Elena Aprile, Joy Hirsch, Mary-Claire King and Tal Rabin are members of a rare breed — women scientists at the top of their fields. Dr. Aprile, a professor of … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Boston College Law Review Edition

Boston College Law Review, Issue 52:3 (May 2011) Articles Joseph Blocher, Viewpoint Neutrality and Government Speech, 52 B.C. L. Rev. 695 (2011) [PDF] Robert M. Chesney, Who May Be Held? Military Detention Through the Habeas Lens, 52 B.C. L. Rev. 769 (2011) … Continue reading

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How Many Law School Chairs are Named After Women?

  Yesterday’s post with the good news of Kim Krawiec’s appointment as the Kathrine Robinson Everett Professor at Duke Law School made me wonder about the number of law school chairs that are named after women. Hey, readers!  We need … Continue reading

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Latina Lawyers Before the Supreme Court

Maria Guadalupe Mendoza has published The Thirteen Known Latina Litigants Before the Supreme Court of the United States. Here is the abstract, updated April 3, 2011. From 1935 to 2010, only thirteen known Latinas have argued before the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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MIT Releases Third Study On Status Of Women Science and Engineering Faculty

Today, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology releases a report examining the status of women faculty in science and engineering, the third such report since 1999. The upshot: There’s progress, but more needs to be done. The number of women faculty … Continue reading

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Black on “Stalled: Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards”

Barbara Black, the Charles Hartsock Professor of Law and Director of the Corporate Law Center at the University of Cincinnati College of Law has posted to SSRN her essay, Stalled: Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards.  Here is the abstract: In … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Student Notes

We have heard a lot lately about women occupying less written space than men.   Women write and review significantly fewer books.  Women author significantly fewer articles in most major magazines.  Even in the supposed cyber-utopia of Wikipedia, women author only … Continue reading

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Military Leadership Diversity Commission Recommends Eliminating “Combat Exclusion Policies” That Discriminate Against Women!

See Recommendation 9 at page 19 of the Executive Summary. The full report is available here. –Ann Bartow

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Does a Faculty Member’s Gender Matter? When Overt Discrimination Isn’t the Problem (Anymore)

There’s a new study out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that says it does, at least in science and engineeering.  Here’s how an article over at Slate breaks it down: [Jane Stout, Nilanjana Dasgupta, Matthew Hunsinger, and Melissa … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Not Too Often Among Magazine Authors, Either

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts has published The Count 2010, its annual tally of authors whose work appeared (or was reviewed) in magazines like the Atlantic, Granta, Harpers, London Review of Books, the New Yorker, the NY Times Book Review, the … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Presidents Day Edition

Ruthann Robson asks this question over at the Constitutional Law Prof Blog: “Where Are the Women?” is a query that is not limited to the category of United States Presidents. Consider Lynn E. Ford’s work on women and politics, especially their complete absence in South … Continue reading

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Will UN Secretary-General post remain a male preserve?

Tradition has it that the post of Secretary-General should rotate so that each geographical region gets its “turn.” Women have never had a “turn”. . . Equality Now Women’s Action, November 2005 In her post today on IntLawGrrls, Madame la … Continue reading

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Oh Man! Where are the Women: Georgetown Edition

The Georgetown Law Journal shows that it can get worse.  Instead of publishing few female faculty authors (see here), how about none? Here’s the line-up for volume 99, issue 2.  Four articles, 5 authors, all men. How International Financial Law … Continue reading

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Where Are the Women? Wikipedia Edition

This blog (i.e., Bridget and Ann) has (have) done a great job of calling attention to the underrepresentation of women in law reviews and symposia (for example, here and here). An article in the New York Times has now called … Continue reading

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Faculty Mentoring and Student Writing

As I discussed in my last post,  I’m currently engaged in a long-term project examining student note publication—including the role of gender in that process—that builds on my previous article on that topic. One piece of the puzzle is how … Continue reading

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On the Issues Magazine Article “Judging Our Future” on Female Judges

In this month’s On the Issues magazine there is a quick article (here) about the presence/absence of women judges in the United States.  “Judging our Future: Supreme Women Move Up” gives some of the stats: Since Elena Kagan took her … Continue reading

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Are the Media’s Representations of Supreme Court Nominees Gendered?

Renee Newman Knake and Hannah Brenner, both of Michigan State University College of Law, have published Rethinking Gender Equality in the Legal Profession: What the Media’s Depiction of Supreme Court Nominees Reveals About the Pipeline to Power as an MSU Legal … Continue reading

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Nothing Says ‘Thanksgiving’ Like ’99 männliche Luftballons’

Healthy Girls Healthy Women reports here on its on-line petition requesting that Macy’s add an equal number of female-character balloons to its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. In the 84-year history of the parade, only 8% of all the balloons were of … Continue reading

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“Number of Women Lawyers Hits 5-Year Low at NLJ 250 Firms”

From this site: The percentage of women partners and associates working at NLJ 250 law firms this year fell to its lowest point since 2006. Women associates and partners accounted for 29.2 percent of all attorneys at NLJ 250 firms. … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? GW Edition July 2010

The July 2010 issue of the George Washington Law Review is here.  It contains eight pieces (including the Foreward); zero are written by women. H/T Ruthann Robson -Bridget Crawford

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New Study Finds Women and Girls Underrepresented and Oversexualized in Media

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has recently issued a report of the results of studies conducted about gender in media. The results can be viewed here (PDF). Among them: Study 1: G-rated movies from 1990-Jan. 2005: Fewer … Continue reading

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Half of the trained artists in the U.S. are women, yet they make up just 2% of the artists with works in the National Gallery in DC; at the contemporary art-focused Hirshhorn Museum, women make up only 5% of featured artists.

Pamela T. Boll examines this disparity and its causes in her documentary Who Does She Think She Is? Via. –Ann Bartow

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2010 Status Update – Women and Legal Education

According to blogs in the legal academy, women did not fare well this year in the law school lateral hire market, with the majority of lateral moves being made by men. Further, Supreme Court clerkships are weighty credentials among academics … Continue reading

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An all women Supreme Court?

It’s not impossible.   The Texas Supreme Court is a testament to the possibility.   It happened eighty-five years ago,   if only for a single case. In 1925, the Texas Governor appointed three women to fill all the positions … Continue reading

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