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Women Judges as Leaders
Women judges as leaders

The judiciary has often been the forgotten branch of American government. Courts are comparatively low in institutional prestige and visibility, and lack the ability to enforce their decisions. Thus it can be tempting to overlook the role of judges as leaders in the American policy process. Judges, however, have great latitude to determine verdicts in individual cases and to craft broader precedents that shape the course of American public policy. These decisions are, at least in part, shaped by judges’ own attitudes, beliefs, and strategic goals.

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