Even Female Supreme Court Justices Are Interrupted When Speaking

March 1, 2018


Every woman I know has experienced being interrupted by a man while she was speaking. Most of us have ample experience with “mansplaining.” And, what female flyer hasn’t experienced the man sitting next to us “manspreading” into our space, but not into the space of the man on the other side of him?

Now, a startling new study shows that even in the United States Supreme Court, male justices and lawyers far more frequently interrupted female justices than they did male justices.

Not surprisingly, given what is known about how inequalities associated with multiple identities aggregate, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the most interrupted justice, with 8 percent of all interruptions being directed at our sole female justice of color.

Read the full article on The Hill. 

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