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Achieving substantive representation for women on state supreme courts

Gaylin, Sydney (2014) Achieving substantive representation for women on state supreme courts. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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My research focuses on determining what composition of a court will respond most favorably to women's issues. In order to answer this question, I examine state supreme court cases nationwide concerning sex-based discrimination in the workplace. Based on previous literature, I expect this area of the law to engender different voting patterns for men and women. I investigate what influences the different political behavior of men and women through a sociological and psychological lens. Ultimately, my research seeks to understand the impact of increasing numbers of women in the legal profession and in the highest positions of the law. Do female justices act as representatives of women in general? If this is not the case, increasing the number of women on the bench is unlikely to make courts more receptive to women's issues. I consider several possible explanations for impediments to substantive representation of women, including a lack of critical mass, and communication problems among female justices. My results help define how best to achieve equal representation for women before the law.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gaylin, Sydney
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBonneau,
Committee MemberKanthak, Kristinkanthak@pitt.eduKANTHAK
Committee MemberHughes, Melaniemhughes@pitt.eduMHUGHES
Committee MemberHausegger,
Committee Chair,
Date: 22 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 March 2014
Approval Date: 22 April 2014
Submission Date: 8 April 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 64
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Representation, tokenism, women, courts, American government
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 17:03
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:18


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