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Men and Women on the Bench: Vive la Difference?

NCJ Number
Judicature Volume: 73 Issue: 4 Dated: (December-January 1990) Pages: 204-208
E Martin
Date Published
5 pages
When male and female Federal judges appointed by President Carter were studied, the women differed from their male colleagues in career background and judicial attitudes.
The men and women appointed to Federal judgeships by President Carter responded to an attitudinal and experiential survey that sought information on their personal experiences of conflict between family roles and career roles as well as their attitudes on women's changing political roles. Seventy-five percent of the women judges replied to the survey, while forty-two percent of the men judges responded. Gender differences in responses are identified and analyzed, focusing on the conflicts experienced by women judges in combining families and careers. Respondents were also asked their attitudes about women in politics and to identify their personality traits. The greatest differences between men and women judges were shown in their descriptions of their major problems as men and women in law. Most women judges felt their greatest professional problems resulted from sex discrimination. 27 footnotes.


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