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The Judiciary

RepresentWomen undertakes all of our research projects to further understand the current landscape of women's political and judicial representation across demographic and social divides. We use our research to ground and develop our advocacy strategies to build a culture of change and progress for women's representation throughout the country. 

 

Women’s Representation

To learn more about RepresentWomen’s research check out the 2019 Gender Parity Index to find out where your state ranks in terms of women’s representation.

 

Women’s Representation in the Judiciary

 

  • As of August 2019, 80% of all sitting judges on the federal bench were white and 73% were male. 

 

  • People of color and women make up only about 20% and 27%, respectively. 

 

Is Representation improving?

Efforts to diversify the federal bench have deteriorated under President Trump:

 

  • President Trump’s federal judicial picks are the least ethnically and racially diverse of any presidential administration over the past 30 years. 
  • As of August 2019, President Trump lagged behind the Obama Administration in appointing women by 20 percentage points. 
  • As of August 2019, 78% of Trump’s judicial nominees were male, 86% were white, with white men comprising 67% of Trump appointees. 

 

The Brennan Center for Justice tracks best practices to get more women into judicial offices in the United States.

RepresentWomen is working with a team of attorneys from We The Action to craft innovative strategies to increase the number of women in elected and appointed judicial positions in the United States.


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