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.
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.