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The Supreme Court Needs More Mothers

Publication Date: 
May 16, 2010
Source: 
The Washington Post
Author: 
Ann Gerhart

Professor Deborah Rhode is quoted in this article on the under-represented demographic of mothers on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ann Gerhart of The Washington Post reports:

Yes, we know the Supreme Court is stacked with Catholics, Ivy Leaguers, New Yorkers, judicial monks and opera fans. And no, the cohort of nine justices doesn't much resemble the whole of America.

So President Barack Obama set out to at least add one more woman to the mix.

His nomination of Elena Kagan to the court, Obama declared, would make the body "more inclusive, more representative, more reflective of us as a people than ever before".

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"Personal experiences are important, and they shape people's backgrounds, but there are a range of ways you can inform understanding without living it," says Deborah Rhode, a Stanford University law professor and a leading scholar of legal ethics and gender. "Do we want to suggest that men can't understand the challenges facing working mothers and related issues?"