Female Supreme Court Justices Get Interrupted More Often Than Male Ones: Study
It doesn’t matter that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan have ascended to the pinnacle of the legal profession.
They still are treated differently than their male counterparts.
The study at Northwestern University was conducted, in part, by sifting through scores of court transcripts and pulling out situations where the three female justices were interrupted either by other male justices, or, in one case mentioned in CBS News‘ report, another lawyer.
“Here we have subordinates, clear subordinates, i.e. lawyers, interrupting justices who have reached the highest pinnacle of a very high status profession,” one of the study’s authors, Northwestern law professor Tonja Jacobi, wrote.
Below, listen to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg candidly discussing what it’s like being a woman in the world of law and on the Supreme Court.