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Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change by Deborah L. Rhode, Barbara Kellerman

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WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL WOMEN JUDGES MAKE?

Looking Once More at the “Woman Question”

Anita F. Hill

For decades now, feminist legal theorists have been asking what has come to be known as the “woman question.” It began as an examination of how the law fails to take into account women's experiences and how existing legal standards may disadvantage women.1 Over the years, as courts have defined gender equality under the law and scholars have developed various theories for promoting equality and inclusion, the “woman question” has been applied to many aspects of gender relationship. In this chapter, I place the “woman question” in the context of judicial appointments. I look beyond issues of whether procedures for judicial selection exclude women ...

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