Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a bold statement on Friday and credited fellow Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh for the recent boost in the number of female law clerks serving the high court.
In a conference for judges in New York, Ginsburg made a speech and noted the great progress made toward a fair and balanced representation but says there is still work to be done. Ginsburg said,
“Justice Kavanaugh made history by bringing on board an all-female law clerk crew… Thanks to his selections, the court has this term, for the first time ever, more women than men serving as law clerks.”Ruth Bader Ginsburg
According to a New York Times report, in an unprecedented move, Justice Kavanaugh hired four female law clerks with only one, Kim Jackson, having worked for him before his appointment to the highest bench. During his heated nomination process last year, he said he would appoint an all-female team of law clerks and it looks like he did just that.
Ginsburg, referencing the progress that needs to be made, said, “[But] women did not fare nearly as well as advocates… Only about 21% of the attorneys presenting oral argument this Term were female; of the thirty-four attorneys who appeared more than once, only six were women.”
Of course, no one will soon forget Kavanaugh’s controversial confirmation hearings, mainly because of the allegations of misconduct, not to mention the outrageous partisan brawling over the appointment.
At the peak of the hearing, Kavanaugh testified, as did one of his most vocal accusers, California professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding allegations of an incident, with Ford saying he attacked her in the 1980s. Kavanaugh maintained his innocence throughout and despite other women coming forward with their own allegations against him, he was ultimately confirmed.