According to this recent report by Slate staff writer Amanda Hess, a lot of judges (most of whom are male, by the way) apparently seem to think so. But as Ms Hess notes in her report, the dress code for women attorneys has changed over time: “Prior to the 1980s,” for example, “it would have been scandalous for a lady lawyer to approach the bench wearing pants.” More importantly, why are women still being judged in this day and age by the way they dress? Remember, not so long ago, women used to be excluded altogether from learned professions like law. Until the gender imbalance on the bench is remedied, let’s give our mothers, sisters, and daughters a break on this one …
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