Date of Award
Department of Political Science
Dr. William H. Boone
This is a study on African American women judges who serve on the general and appellate courts. This study addresses four questions: who and where they serve?; what were the recruitment and selections processes that netted the majority of these judges?; what are their attitude and perceptions of gender related issues?; and what were the barriers of those seeking the judiciary? This descriptive analysis is presented as a case study. The analysis is based on data collected from the universe of African American women judges and a random sample of non-African American women judges on these court levels. African American women judges have served less than five years. They reached the bench through an informal selection process at a younger age than their judicial counterparts. They serve in large cities where they are usually the only African American woman on their court and/or court level. They are Democrats and prescribe towards a liberal ideology, yet they do not consider themselves feminists. The gender issue is important, but the race issue supersedes. The research found few differences between black and white women judges
Myers, Johnnie D., "African American women judges on courts of general and appellate jurisdictions: a descriptive analysis" (1995). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 3736.