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In the 1960s, when I graduated from law school, women comprised only 1 to 2 percent of the legal profession nationally; among the judiciary, their numbers were the same — 1 to 2 percent. In 1991, when I was appointed to the First District Court of Appeal and thus became the only woman among its 19 members, the six court of appeal districts in California had 88 justices, of whom 10 — or 11 percent — were women. Today the numbers have almost doubled; women judges in California comprise approximately 20 percent of the trial bench and 21 percent of the appellate bench. And the California Supreme Court counts three women among its seven members.

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