Judges, Women As

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN IN TODAY'S WORLD, Forthcoming

8 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2011 Last revised: 3 Dec 2013

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Suzanne Bouclin

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

Women's participation in the judiciary is one indicator of aspirational and actualized formal and substantive gender equality. It symbolizes and engages broader issues such as access to political power, conceptions of agency and strategies for furthering social citizenship. The first part of this entry is an overview of the commonalities and divergences lens through which the judicial role can be examined. The second part outlines similarities that female judges share across multiple jurisdictions. It sketches out the shared features of the gendered legal culture in which women work, such as the persistence of overt and more subtle discrimination and assumptions about women's natural tendencies toward certain kinds of labor.

Keywords: gender, judiciary, social power, mediation

Suggested Citation

Bouclin, Suzanne, Judges, Women As (January 1, 2011). ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN IN TODAY'S WORLD, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1866024

Suzanne Bouclin (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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