Study Reveals a Lack of Women in Federal and State-Level Judgeships

In the U.S., women make up 48% of law school graduates and 45% of law firm associates, but only 22% of all federal judgeships and 26% of all state-level positions.  The gender gap cannot be attributed to the lack of women who are qualified to serve on the bench, but to the lack of opportunity and access afforded to women.

Women’s equal representation matters, not only because of their different life experiences which makes their perspectives diverse, and in turn enrich and broaden knowledge of the courts, but because it is critical to a representative democracy and to equal citizenship.

URL: 
http://www.albany.edu/womeningov/judgeships_report_final_web.pdf