Perhaps moved by my recent viewing of the movie bio of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, On the Basis of Sex, in pondering how much we’ve progressed in gender equality in our own vocation since the days of her early battles as portrayed in that film, here’s a dispiriting article from Bloomberg law about how the chances of arguing in front of the Supreme Court if you are a woman appear worse than winning the lottery – woman have made up a whopping 17 of 112 appearances so far this year. Also not boding well for the future, of those 17, only six came from private law firms; the rest were from the government (versus 45 of the men from firms): Women Argue Only a Fraction of Supreme Court Cases (Bloomberg Law.com Jan. 30, 2019)
Why is this so?
The article says that one factor is that oldsters hog the podium, and that self-perpetuating group is largely male. But