Category Archives: The Underrepresentation of Women

That Sotomayor Quote

Taken from Sotomayor’s Judge Mario G. Olmos Memorial Lecture in 2001, which she delivered at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, here is the context: … Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility … Continue reading

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“Justice Sonia Sotomayor” has a nice ring to it!

Don’t have anything interesting or important to add to all the conversation around the announcement that President Obama has nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to teh Supreme Court, but couldn’t let it go unremarked.   I like this NTY story about … Continue reading

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Michigan Law Review Where Are The Women Redux: Fifteen articles, sixteen if you count the Foreword, only one written by a woman?

Michigan Law Review, Issue 107:8 (June 2009) (Past issues are available on our website.) FAULT IN CONTRACT LAW FOREWORD Omri Ben-Shahar & Ariel Porat, Fault in American Contract Law, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 1341 (2009) ARTICLES Richard A. Posner, Let … Continue reading

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Another NYU Law Review Edition of: Where Are The Women?

Volume 84 May 2009 Number 2 ARTICLES Categoricalism and Balancing in First and Second Amendment Analysis Joseph Blocher A Theory of Taxing Sovereign Wealth Victor Fleischer Toward Procedural Optionality: Private Ordering of Public Adjudication Robert J. Rhee NOTES A Relational … Continue reading

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The House Subcommittee on Capital Market, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Convenes An All Dude Witness List To Testify About Credit Ratings Agencies

Rep. Paul Kanjorski chairs the House Financial Service’s Committee‘s Subcommittee on Capital Market, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises is holding a hearing on credit ratings agencies this afternoon.   Here is the   witness list (names link to pre-submitted statements): … Continue reading

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How many women authors are in your syllabi?

After observing that: … a quick tally of the authors represented on my syllabi (10 courses so far) reveals that 12% of the articles or books I was required to read were written by women. Now in my third quarter … Continue reading

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Where Are the Women? Duke Law Journal Edition

The April 2009 issue of the Duke Law Journal is chock full of interesting looking material. The gender ratio calculation is complicated by the fact that some authors made more than one contribution, but even counting them only once, the … Continue reading

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Darren Hutchinson Takes Down Jeffrey Rosen’s Article About Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Here. Bravo Darren! See also Historiann’s take on the article.

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On the Underrepresentation of Women In Elite Law Reviews

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

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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

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Where are the women? Another post about gender disparities at elite law journals.

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 – but they do in part. Coming from Canada … Continue reading

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Where are the women? Not in the most recent issue of the Columbia Law Review, that’s for sure.

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

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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

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Gender and the Supreme Court “Vacancy”

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

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The impact of the underrepresentation of women in the media and SCOTUS, illustrated.

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

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“New Media Delegation Seeks Innovation, But Not Diversity”

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

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“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.”

Sentence pulled from this excellent post by Sharkfu at Feministing.

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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

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The Univeristy of Michigan Law Review’s lastest issue is almost women free.

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

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The “Citizen Lawyer” is apparently almost always a dude.

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

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“Why Do Female Tax Profs Do Better in the SSRN Rankings Than Their Nontax Counterparts?”

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

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“Women and SSRN”

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

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The Columbia Business School is having a conference on User Generated Content featuring nineteen speakers. Eighteen are male.

Symposium schedule here. Maybe they should call it User Genderated Content instead?

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Are there any women in U.S. prisons?

You wouldn’t know it from reading the New Yorker article described here.

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“Singled Out”

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 altogether… until I stepped back and thought about why I felt … Continue reading

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Justice O’Connor on Women’s Rights

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

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From the Department of: “Women Law Profs Don’t Know Anything About Hate Speech”

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

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“Sophie Germain – Revolutionary Mathematician”

Interesting post about Sophie Germain here at Angry for a Reason, below is an excerpt: In 1794 the École 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

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I Wanna Be …

Via The New Agenda blog

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2008 Report on the Global Gender Gap

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

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Top Ten Cited Women Law Professors

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

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The number of women among a newly compiled list of the”ten most cited”law faculty members is zero.

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

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Nancy Leong, “A Noteworthy Absence”

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

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It was great to see President Obama sign the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) into law.

But dang, it would have been nice to see more women in that photo. –Ann Bartow

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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

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“One Gender’s Crash”

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

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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

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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

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Deanships and Diversity

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

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Sue Magazine

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

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Looks like most if not all of the “EPA Fugitives” are men.

Information on these environmental offenders here.

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“Meet the Press…with another white dude”

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.

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Sex Based Medicine

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

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Hip Hop, Capitalism, and Taking Back the Music

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

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A different kind of physics conferences – the ladies room was always crowded.

The third International Conference for Women in Physics! First person account at the f word.

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Bloggers as Handmaidens of True Public Intellectuals?

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 Bérubé, Joshua Cohen, Tyler Cowen, Jared Diamond, … Continue reading

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“Number of women, minority attorneys at big firms ticks up : but not in partnership ranks”

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

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Gender Imbalance In Law Reviews, A Continuing Saga

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

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Politics, Feminism and Firsts

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

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Paula A. Monopoli, “In a Different Voice: Lessons from Ledbetter”

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

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