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Female Supreme Court Justices Get Interrupted More Often Than Male Ones: Study

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Female Supreme Court Justices Interrupted Three Time More Than Male Counterparts
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, front row from left to right, the late Antonin Scalia (who has just been replaced by Neil Gorsuch), John G. Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, back row from left to right, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, and Elena Kagan (Roger L. Wollenberg/Pool via Bloomberg)


It doesn’t matter that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan have ascended to the pinnacle of the legal profession.

They still are treated differently than their male counterparts.

According to CBS News, a new study has found that the three female Supreme Court Justices have been interrupted “about three times as often as male justices,” in a recent study.

The study at Northwestern University was conducted, in part, by sifting through scores of court transcripts and pulling out situations where the three female justices were interrupted either by other male justices, or, in one case mentioned in CBS News‘ report, another lawyer.

“Here we have subordinates, clear subordinates, i.e. lawyers, interrupting justices who have reached the highest pinnacle of a very high status profession,” one of the study’s authors, Northwestern law professor Tonja Jacobi, wrote.

Read the full study here.

Below, listen to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg candidly discussing what it’s like being a woman in the world of law and on the Supreme Court.