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One of the problems with traditional courts is that they marginalise women. Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa’s efforts to fix traditional courts hit a snag

Denying people the right to opt out of the traditional court system conflicts with the notion of customary law as a voluntary and consensual system of law.
Trump with 7th U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family Sept. 26 at the White House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Amy Coney Barrett may be the next woman on the Supreme Court – but does a nominee’s gender matter?

With Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, Trump has fulfilled his pledge to replace the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a woman. But female judges don’t all decide alike any more than male judges do.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Aug. 20, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Chrystia Freeland and the merit myth that won’t go away

Reactions to Chrystia Freeland’s appointment as finance minister demonstrate how qualifications and arguments about merit are deployed to women’s disadvantage in politics.
Comment letters in academic journals respond to previously published articles, and are subject to the same gender disparities found elsewhere in research. (Shutterstock)

Women less likely to critique men’s research in academic journals

Journal comments are responses to previously published articles. The gender disparity in the authorship of these comments both reflects and contributes to women’s opportunities in scientific research.

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