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NCJ Number: 97817 Find in a Library
Title: Eve, Mary, Superwoman - How Stereotypes About Women Influence Judges
Journal: Judges Journal  Volume:24  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1985)  Pages:12-17,48-53
Author(s): L H Schafran
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An analysis of judicial opinions in cases involving sex discrimination indicates that many judges believe in setting different standards for men and women.
Abstract: The impact of sex stereotypes on judicial perceptions can be determined in employment discrimination cases, family law, and also in the treatment of women lawyers. Old stereotypes of Mary (mother of Jesus), the model of motherhood and chastity, and Eve (the biblical first woman), the unchaste eternal temptress permeate many judicial responses. In addition, the new stereotype of the superwoman complicates the outcome of cases involving rape, alimony, and child support decisions. It is suggested that the recognition of sexual bias based on stereotypes in the administration of justice will ultimately allow for the treatment of women as individuals, rather than as emblems of their sex. Seven references are listed.
Index Term(s): Judicial attitudes; Judicial decisions; Judicial discretion; Sex discrimination
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