Category Archives: The Underrepresentation of Women
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
When the NYT wants to spark debate about cussing, it asks “Why Do Educated People Use Bad Words?” and then queries one woman and five men.
Which makes the NYT ripe for cussing out. Impressive class bias, in addition to the sexism. Lovely quote from Timothy Jay: “This doesn’t mean the average person is swearing more. But we have recorded more women swearing in public than … Continue reading
Where Are The Women? The Catholic University of America and its Law School’s Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture is hosting a womenless symposium on”The Nature of Judicial Duty: A Reflection on Philip Hamburger’s Law and Judicial Duty”on April 8-9, 2010.
The Symposium’s home page is here. The listed speakers include: Philip Hamburger (keynote), Richard A. Epstein, Emilio M. Garza, R.H. Helmholz, H. Jefferson Powell, Lloyd L. Weinreb and Michael P. Zuckert. –Ann Bartow
Where are the Women? SUPREME COURT ECONOMIC REVIEW ADDITION (NB: that is a pun on “edition” for the humor impaired, given the focus on sum numbers.) (Yes, “sum” is another bad pun! Try to keep up!)
17 SUPREME COURT ECONOMIC REVIEW, PP. 1-337, 2009. Symposium on Post-Kelo Reform. 17 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 1-278 (2009). Somin, Ilya. Introduction to the symposium. 17 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 1-5 (2009). Dana, David A. Exclusionary eminent domain. 17 Sup. … Continue reading
From this article: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced an important new climate change financing group last week, but out of the 19 people named, no women were included. This is unfortunate because women will bear the brunt of the effects … Continue reading
When their gender is seen as an advantage rather than a disability, suddenly it is permissible for women soldiers to assume combat roles: … Women make up only 6 percent of the Marine Corps, which cultivates an image as the … Continue reading
With all the attention here on the paucity of female authors in the top law reviews, here’s an interesting paper from Jonathan Gingerich calling for blind review as the norm at law reviews: Abstract: A number of studies suggest that … Continue reading
Over at The Faculty Lounge Dan Filler lists lateral moves he is aware of (with supplementation from the appended comments and other sources) as follows: Arizona State Daniel Bodansky from Georgia Boston College Brian Galle from Florida State Charleston Todd … Continue reading
What is the effect of portraying college life as a catfight among straight women? In whose interest is it to describe the relationship among straight college women as essentially competitive and perhaps to blame for bad behavior on the part of college men?
Those are two questions Historiann asks in this excellent post about yesterday’s NYT article, The New Math on Campus. The point of article in my view is to help sell the idea of making achieving gender balance at colleges a … Continue reading
Where are the women? There isn’t a single women law prof, jurist or practitioner among the participants in the Wake Forest Law Review’s 2009 Torts Symposium
44 WAKE FOREST LAW REVIEW, NO. 4, WINTER, 2009. Third Restatement of Torts: Issue One. 44 Wake Forest L. Rev. 877-1107 (2009). Cardi, W. Jonathan. A pluralistic analysis of the therapist/physician duty to warn third parties. 44 Wake Forest L. … Continue reading
Where are the Women? Not Too Many in the October, November or December Issues of the Columbia Law Review. Eighteen of Twenty-One Published Authors are Male. Only One Author is a Woman Law Prof.
October: In memoriam–Louis Lowenstein. Tributes by Harvey J. Goldschmid, Kenneth P. Kopelman, Arthur W. Murphy, William Savitt and David M. Schizer. 109 Colum. L. Rev. 1263-1277 (2009). Miller, Darrell A.H. Guns as smut: defending the home-bound Second Amendment. 109 Colum. … Continue reading
New study concludes having women at the top of institutions is crucial to increasing the number of women among the junior faculty ranks.
From Inside Higher Ed: Does having a woman in the top job (or the No. 2 slot) make a difference? When it comes to faculty hiring, the answer appears to be Yes. And having a critical mass of women on … Continue reading
Where are the women? There is only one woman among the twelve speakers at the Emory Law Journal’s 2010 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium: “The New New Deal: From De-Regulation to Re-Regulation”
The speakers. –Ann Bartow
Where are the Women? Pretty sparse (just one woman co-author!) in the last Georgetown L.J. and none at all in the recent Virginia L. Rev.
98 GEORGETOWN LAW JOURNAL, NO. 1, NOVEMBER, 2009. Jacobi, Tonja and Matthew Sag. Taking the measure of ideology: empirically measuring Supreme Court cases. 98 Geo. L.J. 1-75 (2009). [H][L][W] Oman, Nathan B. A pragmatic defense of contract law. 98 Geo. … Continue reading
118 YALE LAW JOURNAL, NO. 8, JUNE, 2009. Engdahl, David E. The classic rule of faith and credit. 118 Yale L.J. 1584-1659 (2009). [H][L][W] Cabranes, Hon. Jose A. Our imperial criminal procedure: problems in the extraterritorial application of U.S. constitutional … Continue reading
Where are the Women? The Staff and Advisors of “Media Matters for America” Remain Overwhelmingly Male
The list is here. I (quickly) counted 38 men and 15 women, meaning the list is about 72% male and 28% female. Same old, same old. –Ann Bartow
Law Stories is a 30-strong (and growing) volume series published by Foundation Press and edited by Paul Caron, the Charles Harstock Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Each “Stories” volume … Continue reading
Where are the Women? – Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Advisory Board Edition: 19 men, 2 women.
UPDATE: All of the EFF Fellows appear to be … fellows. EFF Advisory Board members as of today per EFF website: Andrew Bridges is a partner in the San Francisco office of Winston & Strawn LLP where he litigates and … Continue reading
From this site: Fall 2009 Colloquia Constitutional Theory Colloquium Professors David Golove and Richard Pildes Hauser Colloquium: Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Law Professor Ryan Goodman Colloquium in Legal, Political and Social Philosophy Professors Ronald Dworkin and Thomas Nagel Colloquium … Continue reading
From this site: On October 26, 2009, the NAWL and the NAWL Foundation released the results of the fourth annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms. The Survey is the only national study of the nation’s … Continue reading
Rebecca Tushnet writes: I read an interesting article in the Journal of Legal Education (unfortunately not online) about the underrepresentation, relative to law school enrollment and law review participation, of women publishing notes on the main journals of the top … Continue reading
Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc is pleased to present the”first take”pieces for its inaugural Roundtable from Professors Hal Bruff, Steven Calabresi, Gary Lawson, Rick Pildes, and Christopher Yoo. The debate is on Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight … Continue reading
“At this moment, there are more females serving on the United States Supreme Court than there are writing for Late Show with David Letterman, The Jay Leno Show, and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien combined. Out of the 50 or so comedy writers working on these programs, exactly zero are women.”
Via TGW: In this Vanity Fair article, Nell Scovell talks about the sexual politics and “hostile work environment” that she experienced while writing for David Letterman. –Ann Bartow
Dan Brown’s “Lost Symbol” is awful. Her eyes were as big as saucers when it hit her like an uncoming train.
I’ll leave more detailed reviews for others, but here is something I found particularly stupid, at page 31. Protagonist Robert Langdon is lecturing to one of his freshman “intro” Harvard classes: …”In this age when different cultures are killing each … Continue reading
Brian Leiter conducted a poll regarding the Top Law Faculties for Intellectual Property and Cyberspace Law. The results give a window into the subject specific gender balance at each of the “Top 24” schools. There were 95 men and 45 … Continue reading
Carol W. Greider of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was one of three women who won a science Nobel last week, and she sounds like a sister!
Excerpt from a NYT interview with Nobel Laureate Carol W. Greider: …Q. MANY REPORTERS HAVE ASKED WHY TELOMERES RESEARCH SEEMS TO ATTRACT SO MANY FEMALE INVESTIGATORS. WHAT’S YOUR ANSWER? A. There’s nothing about the topic that attracts women. It’s probably … Continue reading
Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University is the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics in the 41-year history of the award
From the NYT: The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded on Monday to two American social scientists for their work in describing the numerous relationships within a company or among companies and individuals that shape market behavior. The … Continue reading
The gender of judging implicates constitutional as well as “rule of law” concerns. A new article, Judging Women,posted on ssrn has been garnering attention. The study comparing male and female judges provides an empirical perspective: “Primarily using a dataset … Continue reading
The Yale Law School Information Society Project’s Upcoming Conference is Entitled: “JOURNALISM AND THE NEW MEDIA ECOLOGY: WHO WILL PAY THE MESSENGERS?” and 32 Out of 39 Listed Speakers Are Male.
Website here, program here. New media conference, same old YLS misogyny. Not so random aside: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) launched an Ethical Journalism Initiative in 2008. The IFJ considers fair gender portrayal as part of ethical journalism, … Continue reading
Women were more qualified to to go into space than men. Having the wrong gonads kept them grounded. This Wired.com article reports: … In the late 1950s, the United States government contemplated training women as astronauts, and newly released medical … Continue reading
Today the Army will make Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa L. King commandant of its drill sergeant school at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a first. No woman has previously run one of the Army’s rigorous schools for drill instructors.
From the NYT: … The eighth of 12 children, the sergeant major is the daughter of a sharecropper who grew cucumbers and tobacco near Fort Bragg, N.C. Her first job in the Army was as a postal clerk, a traditional … Continue reading
I. First up: the John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture at Villanova’s law school. Here is the list of “Conference Participants,” which appears to be entirely male: Joseph Vining Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor University of Michigan … Continue reading
George Mason University, School of Law is convening a conference entitled: Tragedies of the Gridlock Economy – How Mis-configuring Property Rights Stymies Social Efficiency. Here are the listed participants: Michael Heller Richard Epstein Harold Demsetz Michael Meurer F. Scott Kieff … Continue reading
“A new study conducted by Wikimedia Foundation suggests that only 13% of Wikipedia contributors are women.”
This won’t surprise anybody who actually pays attention to the climate of the editing discussions on many wikipedia pages. This blog post notes: According to the The Wall Street Journal, the survey took place in November of last year, with … Continue reading
U n i v e r s i t y o f I L L I N O I S Illinois Law Review, Issue 2009:4 (August 2009) Articles The Trouble with Twombly: A Proposed Pleading Standard for Employment Discrimination Cases … Continue reading
First up: 50 SOUTH TEXAS LAW REVIEW, NO. 4, SUMMER, 2009. Symposium: Law, Ethics, and the War on Terror. 50 S. Tex. L. Rev. 617- 974 (2009). [H][L][W] Hansen, Victor. Understanding the role of military lawyers in the war on … Continue reading
The George Washington Law Review, Issue 77:3 (April 2009) Articles Matthew I. Hall, The Partially Prudential Doctrine of Mootness, 77 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 562 (2009) [PDF] Anthony J. Colangelo, â€œDe facto Sovereignty”: Boumediene and Beyond, 77 Geo. Wash. L. … Continue reading
Where Are The Women? The Virginia Law Review’s latest symposium issue features 15 authors, 12 of them male.
VOLUME 95 JUNE 2009 ISSUE 4 Virginia Law Review 95:4 (June 2009) Symposium Issue: The SEC in a Time of Discontinuity The SEC in a Time of Discontinuity: Introduction to Virginia … Continue reading
At least according to this article, which claims the six states with the worst leadership are: 6. California 5. South Carolina 4. Alaska 3. Illinois 2. Nevada 1. New York I’m sure the fact that we have the fewest women … Continue reading
NYC now has Jane Jacobs Way, named for the famed author-activist who changed the course of urban planning in the 1960s.
From this NYT story: Ms. Jacobs, who died in 2006, lived between West 11th and Perry Streets at 555 Hudson Street and immortalized the”sidewalk ballet”of that block in her book,”The Death and Life of Great American Cities.”As of Tuesday morning, … Continue reading
That is the title of this essay at the WaPo written by one of Judge Sotomayor’s Princeton profs. Below are a couple of excerpts: … Had I known in the spring of 1973 that this hesitant freshman from the Bronx … Continue reading
Where Are The Women? The latest issue of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy has one named woman author out of twenty-three?
From here: Volume 32, Number 3 – Summer 2009 THE GEORGE W. BUSH ADMINISTRATION: A RETROSPECTIVE Reflections on Events and Changes at the Department of Justice John Ashcroft 813 National Security and the Rule of Law Michael B. Mukasey 831 … Continue reading
15 plaintiffs lost their lawsuit against the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee when the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled that the decision to exclude their sport is out of the organizing committee’s control.
From the Salt Lake City Tribune: … “No one wanted to go to court over this, but we had no choice,” Deedee Corradini, president of Women’s Ski Jumping-USA, said in a statement. “It’s terribly disappointing, but the experience and effort … Continue reading
Invited articles by fourteen men, but only two women, in a Symposium edition? Volume 56, Issue 5 (June 2009) Symposium: The Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms After D.C. v. Heller Gun Control After Heller: Threats and Sideshows … Continue reading
Over at Daily Kos is a post entitled “Abbreviated Pundit Round-up,” by “BarbinMD” with a first sentence that touts itself as “Your one stop pundit shop.” The pundits receiving links and blurbs? William Kristol, Tony Blankley, Richard Cohen, Cal Thomas, … Continue reading
Current Issue: Special Issue 2009: Vol. 103, Issue 2 SYMPOSIUM: ORIGINAL IDEAS ON ORIGINALISM Foreword: Original Ideas on Originalism Brian A. Lichter & David P. Baltmanis Constitutional Ambiguities and Originalism: Lessons from the Spending Power Lynn A. Baker Framework Originalism … Continue reading
Scanning my daily web feed this morning, I noted two items about the underrepresentation of women in different settings, both of which should be of interest to readers of this blog. The first is an American Lawyer story about the … Continue reading
Where are the women blast from the recent past: In the “Demisesquicentennial” issue of the University of Chicago Law Review, fourteen out of fourteen authors are dudes, and for bonus points, the secondary authors noted are male too!
5 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW REVIEW, NO. 2, SPRING, 2008. Demisesquicentennial. 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 603-883 (2008). Nagareda, Richard A. Class actions in the administrative state: Kalven and Rosenfield revisited. 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 603-648 (2008). Rothstein, Jesse … Continue reading
Women are under-represented in clinical cancer research published in high-impact journals, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Citation and Abstract: Under-representation of women in high-impact published clinical cancer research Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil 1 *, Amy R. Motomura, BSE 1, Sudha Amarnath, BS 2, Aleksandra Jankovic, MS 3, Nathan Sheets, BS 2, Peter A. Ubel, MD 3 … Continue reading
From The American Lawyer: … Looking specifically at gender diversity, our analysis found that women made up 34 percent of lawyers at the firms we surveyed: 45 percent of nonpartners and 19 percent of partners. It’s a respectable but not … Continue reading