Measuring Women’s Judicial Empowerment as Part of Political Empowerment

  • Sally J. Kenney
Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


Scholars and activists measuring women’s political empowerment have consistently ignored the judiciary. Studying women’s judicial representation comparatively, within and between countries as well as within supranational institutions, shows how adaptive women are in developing strategies that fit their political culture, even those cultures that seem to have built-in headwinds to women’s equality. I consider three case studies, Egypt, Kenya, and the state of Louisiana. Women’s political empowerment is a process rather than a discrete point. (We must do far more than knit together scholars and keep track of numbers, quotas or gender balance requirements, and troubling episodes.) We need a sustained political movement to focus attention on courts.


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  • Sally J. Kenney
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceNewcomb College Institute, Tulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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