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Women still have a long way to go in judiciary

Bob Egelko writes, "The U.S. Supreme Court is one-third female, an all-time high. California’s legal profession has also reached historic levels in gender diversity — nearly one-third of the state’s judges and 40 percent of its lawyers are women.

The state Supreme Court, all-male for its first 128 years, had a majority of female justices from 2011 through April 2014 and still is 50 percent women. The three-member commission that confirmed the latest nominee to the state’s high court, drawn from the top ranks of legal officials in California, consisted entirely of women.

So is it time to proclaim, in the words of a bygone cigarette commercial, “You’ve come a long way, baby”?

No way, says California’s chief justice."


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