Category Archives: The Underrepresentation of Women
Thank you for noticing that women are grossly underrepresented among authors who publish in elite law reviews. You simply checked out the tables of contents. What accounts for the shortfall? I’m amazed by the pretzel-like knots that people : liberals, … Continue reading
Women Can Outperform Men In Ski Jumping – Is That Why Women’s Ski Jumping is Being Kept Out of the Vancouver Olympics?
Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds investigated this issue here, noting in an e-mail: “I stand up for gender equality in sport, and ask a world-champion athlete, “So how is your uterus doing?” It was relevant!” –Ann Bartow
In disciplines outside law, faculty appointments and promotions (including tenure) are not in the hands of student journal editors. Of course, they do not depend entirely on student-editors in law either â€“ but they do in part. Coming from Canada … Continue reading
Columbia Law Review, Volume 109 Issue 3 (March 2009) Article Contracting for Innovation: Vertical Disintegration and Interfirm Collaboration Ronald J. Gilson, Charles F. Sabel & Robert E. Scott Notes Paradox of Presumptions: Seller Warranties and Reliance Waivers in Commercial Contracts … Continue reading
Another “Where are the Women?” Entrant: The most recent volume of the Harvard Law Review features two articles by men and notes and case summaries by “anonymous.”
I assume there is some way to figure out who wrote the notes? Current system seems like a pretty effective way to hide gender disparities among other things. Meanwhile, here’s the ToC: Vol. 122 · April 2009 · No. 6 … Continue reading
Last week, Dahlia Lithwick wrote an intriguing article in Slate magazine regarding the frequently heard argument that President Obama’s first nominee to the Court should be a woman. Lithwick quotes Justices Ginsberg and O’Connor lamenting the dearth of women … Continue reading
Historiann observes: Nina Totenberg’s report on All Things Considered last night on the”strip search”case heard yesterday at the Supreme Court is the only news report I can find that notes that lone woman Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was on her … Continue reading
Important post by Jen Nedeau, here’s the first paragraph: Yet another diversity FAIL in the world of technology. While the State Department brings it’s first “New Media Technology” delegation to Iraq with the noble purpose of exploring “new opportunities to … Continue reading
“There is a difference between critique and seeking to shut my ass up because I’m not saying it the way you would, singing it the way you want to hear it sung or approaching a subject from the angle you want it to be approached from.”
Another Law Review Enters the “Where Are The Women” Sweepstakes: The new issue of the NYU Law Review features 0 articles by women and one note out of three.
Via Concurring Opinions, the ToC ARTICLES Originalism Is Bunk Mitchell N. Berman Class Certification in the Age of Aggregate Proof Richard A. Nagareda Temporary-Effect Legislation, Political Accountability, and Fiscal Restraint George K. Yin NOTES Limiting Preemption in Environmental Law: An … Continue reading
Via Concurring Opinions, the ToC: 2009 Survey of Books Related to the Law Foreward Erwin Chemerinsky, Why Write?, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 881 (2009) Classic Revisited Rodney A. Smolla, Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 895 (2009) Reviews Gene … Continue reading
Via Concurring Opinions, the ToC for the most recent issue of the William & Mary Law Review: Symposium: The Citizen Lawyer Paul D. Carrington & Roger C. Cramton, Original Sin and Judicial Independence: Providing Accountability for Justices Lawrence M. Friedman, … Continue reading
Paul Caron asks that question in a post here. He observes that in the most recent SSRN rankings, 25% (5) of the faculty in the Top 25 downloads (both all-time and recent) are women, which is wonderful and encouraging. These … Continue reading
Another “where are the women” post here, with a comments thread that is pretty much what you’d expect. Condensed version: “It’s your own fault you aren’t getting downloaded at the same rates as men, you dumb, lazy, inferior … Continue reading
The Columbia Business School is having a conference on User Generated Content featuring nineteen speakers. Eighteen are male.
Scientist and science writer/blogger Sheril Kirshenbaum talks about sexism. Below is a short excerpt: Shortly after entering the blogosphere, there was a period when I stopped posting personal pictures altogetherâ€¦ until I stepped back and thought about why I felt … Continue reading
Justice O’Connor participated in an interview with the New York Times to promote her new website for children. Though she declines to call herself a feminist, take note of what she does say: Do you call yourself a feminist? … Continue reading
Columbia Law School division. This lecture series is advertising this speaker line up: ‘Hate Speech’ and Incitement to Violence This workshop series is being convened by Professor Kendall Thomas and Lecturer-in-Law Peter Molnar, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for … Continue reading
Interesting post about Sophie Germain here at Angry for a Reason, below is an excerpt: In 1794 the Ã‰cole Polytechnique opened in Paris. It’s mission statement was to”train mathematicians and scientists for the country”(Perl 64). The school did not admit … Continue reading
The full report, compiled by the World Economic Forum, can be found here (PDF). It focuses on data related to economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political power and health and survival. The overall rank of the U.S. is 27th … Continue reading
Thanks to Brian Leiter for compiling this list so quickly in response to my post below. (with the caveat that there might be some scholars whose schools were not included in this sample who might have made the list: e.g., … Continue reading
List is here, as compiled by Brian Leiter. For a number of reasons I think it would be useful to have a list of the “ten most cited” women law faculty members, more on this later. –Ann Bartow
The abstract: In recent years, male law students at top-fifteen-ranked law schools have published nearly twice as many notes in their schools’ general-interest law reviews as have their female counterparts. Although this disparity is common to virtually every top-fifteen-ranked school, … Continue reading
It was great to see President Obama sign the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) into law.
Mad Law Prof Patricia J. Wiliams asks: “If the nation’s first female Solicitor General breaks a 139-year-old tradition and doesn’t wear a morning coat, can she still do her job with style?”
She writes: Of the details one misses with no television coverage of the Supreme Court, surely the quaintest is that the Solicitor General of the United States must wear tails:more formally known as a morning coat:when arguing the government’s cases. … Continue reading
Deborah Spar, President of Barnard College, writes in the WaPo: ..as the financial debacle unfolds, I can’t help noticing that all the perpetrators of the greatest economic mess in eight decades are, well, men. Specifically, they are rich, white, middle-aged … Continue reading
A new study published by the Royal Society found that men’s superiority over women at chess at the top levels can be explained by population size.
Karen Hopkin reports in Scientific American: Women are so much better than men at so many things. But according to a report published by the Royal Society, chess is not one of them. The topic of sex differences when it … Continue reading
From the Department of One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: In the 1970s, over 90 percent of the collegiate women’s teams were coached by women, but now just over 40 percent of women’s teams are headed by female coaches (and only 17.7 percent of women’s and men’s teams combined).
A post at the AAUW Dialog blog noted: …Title IX has made an enormous positive difference in women’s sports: two years before the enactment of Title IX in 1970, there were only 2.5 women’s teams per school, but as of … Continue reading
There are currently between 10-15 active law school dean searches being conducted around the country. It’s no secret that women, people of color, and every other category of academic short of a white male are under-represented in the higher reaches … Continue reading
One of the feature articles in the first issue is titled: Where are the Female Litigation Blawgers? Avoiding the omnipresent Bully Boys of the Blawgosphere, probably. The Sue Magazine homepage is here. –Ann Bartow
Post about the lack of diversity on Meet the Press here, at Viva La Feminista. See also this HuffPo piece by Carol Jenkins, Not Enough Cracks in the Media’s Glass Ceiling.
Great post here, below is a short excerpt: Now, Dr. Isis quite frequently blogs about being a girl, so a letter in this week’s Science entitled Flaunting the Feminine Side of Research Studies certainly caught the eye of the domestic … Continue reading
I read with great interest Jonah Weiner’s recent Slate article decrying the absence of women in hip hop music. After providing a compelling (if not, in my opinion, entirely accurate) history of women in the genre, he explains the reasons … Continue reading
Anne Applebaum, Barbara Ehrenreich, Malcolm Gladwell, Christopher Hitchens, Fareed Zakaria, Paul Berman, Debra Dickerson, Rick Perlstein, David Rieff, Robert Wright, William A. Galston, Robert Kagan, Brink Lindsey, Walter Russell Mead, Eric Alterman, Michael BÃ©rubÃ©, Joshua Cohen, Tyler Cowen, Jared Diamond, … Continue reading
The National Law Journal Reports: The number of women and minority attorneys at major U.S. law firms is creeping up, but those groups remain significantly underrepresented in the partner ranks. That finding comes from a new report by the National … Continue reading
Concurring Opinions features the tables of contents of select law reviews when new issues appear. Judging by the first names, admittedly an imperfect measure, it looks like neither the Michigan Law Review nor the Boston College Law Review published anything … Continue reading
Echidne of the Snakes has written a brilliant essay about the current state of political discourse among the Supposedly Liberal Doods. Below are a few excerpts, but you should go read the whole thing. … The first black and/or female … Continue reading
The abstract: Women in academia – among some of the best educated women in America – suffer from the same salary inequities as other women in society. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has found that women faculty “earn … Continue reading
Both the percentage and actual number of enrolled women students has been dropping at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and at a number of other law schools I am aware of. Part of the explanation is that … Continue reading
That’s the title of Danielle Citron’s post at ConcOps about the passing of two great women journalists. Concurring Opinions was a solid law prof blog that got even better with the addition of the awesome Danielle! –Ann Bartow
Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed wrote an article with this title, in which he notes: In field after field, women either outperform or equal men : only to lag in key positions in academe (or in other careers that … Continue reading
Remember this powerful video will.i.am made to support Barack Obama? I thought it was brilliant the first dozen or so times I watched it, mesmerized. But after a while I noticed that while the men in the video vary a … Continue reading
From the Women’s Sports Foundation: Have you ever had that thought in relation to your school’s sports program? Your high school might schedule the girls’ basketball games on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. while the boys’ games are always on Friday … Continue reading
Being a lawyer and female, not so much. From the ABA Journal: The highest earners in 2007 were men in legal occupations, who earned a median salary in 2007 of $105,233, according to a Census Bureau report. The online report … Continue reading
From the Feminist Daily News: An anti-affirmative action ballot measure in Arizona will not be on the November ballot. The measure was decertified based on the signatures collected, but its decertification was challenged last week. A lawsuit to restore the … Continue reading