Women on the Bench: The Different Voices and Experiences of Female Judicial Officers

Shana Maier, University of Delaware
Susan L. Miller, University of Delaware

This paper will explore the experiences and views of female judicial officers as they progress in a field predominantly occupied by men. Specifically, it examines how women "do gender" in their everyday work, the effect gender played and continues to play on their careers and views of the criminal justice system, and the "different voices" they may bring to the profession. The data include in-depth interviews, in addition to surveys. The final section of the paper will compare the findings to those of another study conducted in a contiguous state.

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