The Thinking 

No Freedom Until There are More Women Lawyers

June 30, 2010


HOW IS IT that a confirmation hearing for a female Supreme Court justice becomes an occasion for lamenting how much women are held back? The goofy senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar, and Elena Kagan agree that women still have a long way to go. And, so we have the strange spectacle of powerful women telling the nation that women are not powerful.

Although half, and at some schools more than half, of all law school students are women, the dearth of women law partners is a sign that women have it harder than men, the two women stated. “The best thing we could do as a society is to try and enable women … to manage those balances… [and] the desire to have a fulfilling professional life and a wonderful family life,” said Kagan at her Senate confirmation hearing today. Perhaps we could manage for everybody to be rich and have a wonderful love life too.

“Manage those balances” is code for more free child care and less, or “flexible,” work for lawyers who are mothers. “Balance” is feministspeak for handing your children over to the care of others.

Do these women ever talk to other women? If they did, they would know there are not more female law partners because most women do not want to be lawyers who work ten hours a day. They want to marry lawyers who work ten hours a day.

                                     — Comments —

Mrs. N. writes:

Good Grief! I cringe every time Amy Klobuchar opens her mouth. Could she make Minnesotans look any more ridiculous? Maybe she should ask the Supreme Court nominee something pertinent to the position on the eve of her confirmation. I have an idea, lets find out if Elena likes Edward or Jacob more. Yah, dat der’s good, hard hittin’ stuff , ya know. Well, we could always look to the fine leadership of our junior “senator,” Al Franken. He amused himself, during the mind-numbing drivel that passed for questioning, drawing caricatures of other Senators and napping. I wish Amy had taken a nap. Yah, sure, you betcha.

Laura writes:

For those who didn’t see the clip, the ditzy Klobuchar asked Kagan, half in jest, which Twilight character she liked more and then bragged – at a senate confirmation hearing – that her 15-year-old daughter had been up till 3 a.m. watching the movie. I thought she was going to burst into tears when she began to talk about how few women senators and justices there were 30 years ago. She’s a walking advertisement for patriarchy.

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