Glass Ceilings & Barriers

Study: Improving Judicial Diversity

The United States is more diverse than ever, but its state judges are not.

Most of the legal disputes adjudicated in America are heard in state courts. As such, they must serve a broad range of constituencies and an increasingly diverse public. So why are state judiciaries consistently less diverse than the communities they serve?


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.


Missing: Women’s Voices in the Media

By Vivienne Heston-Demirel

As women anchors become more visible in some of the top spots in broadcast news, it is depressing to learn that NPR – that bastion of less histrionic reporting – is generally disinclined to consult women experts in their reports. Indeed, only 26% of NPR’s sources are women. As Jehmu Greene, President of the Women’s Media Center, commented

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