Author

Maya Rich

Date Approved

2016

Date Posted

4-27-2016

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Barry Pyle

Second Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein

Abstract

After 191 years, the first woman was named to the US Supreme Court. Today, three women sit on the high court. Do they speak with a different voice when compared to their male counterparts? This research assesses the potential and additive impact of female justices on the behavior of the United States Supreme Court. Controlling for ideology, gender, and legal factors, this paper analyzes whether the gender of Supreme Court justices impacts case outcomes.

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