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Now that so many law schools are at least 50 percent female and women are slowly making their way to partnership in large firms, it can be hard to remember that blatant sexism was a feature of American law for centuries. Barbara Allen Babcock, a Stanford Law professor (and former public defender and Justice Department official in Washington D.C.) has set up a site, http://www.stanford.edu/group/WLHP/, to make sure no one forgets this piece of U.S. history. The site grew out of Babcock’s course in Women and the Law, and it’s an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to research these issues or simply see how far we’ve come. According to an article by Ruth Bader Ginsburg linked to the site, Presidents Nixon and Ford, combined, named two women to the bench; Babcock notes in a 1998 article that 31 percent of President Clinton’s judicial nominees have been women. My only caveat: It would be helpful to have a little more recent material in addition to the 19th-century stories.

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