Supreme Court justices interrupt female attorneys more often than men
By the numbers: A female attorney in conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts can expect to get interrupted 2.1 times more often than her male counterpart.
- Most justices in the study were more likely to interrupt women; the discrepancy was especially pronounced among conservative-leaning justices.
The big picture: Special oral argument rules put in place during the pandemic made the interruption rate more equitable, for a while. However, the bias quickly bounced back once those restrictions eased, compounding the barriers that women already face in the legal profession.