The number of female clerks to Supreme Court justices has dropped into the single digits for the first time since 1994.
I’m sure that this is just a random mutation. And I’m sure that it’s equally as random a mutation that Justice Scalia has had a grand total of two female law clerks over the past seven years — out of 28 total clerks. I would never suggest that it has anything to do with a conservative worldview, or a generally sexist outlook. Obviously, he simply has very, very few female clerks to choose from, with the male applicants outnumbering them 14 to 1.
Or perhaps it’s because the smart women are “opting out” of clerkships. I’m sure that’s it. They’re having babies instead, while their husbands are clerking. And that’s “choice,” ladies, so don’t go getting your panties in a knot over it. We’re all pro-choice here, right? Despite the fact that women are now equal men in law school, women probably only make up about 7% of the people applying for Supreme Court clerkships, which would explain Scalia’s numbers perfectly. Women are simply choosing not to apply.
Or maybe it’s because men are just overwhelmingly better candidates than women. They’re more rational, more intelligent, better writers, have better grades… I have no doubt that the justices are only picking the best possible candidates, and aren’t at all influenced by sexist social stereotypes which privilege the male voice over the female one, and which automatically (and usually unconsciously) confer greater authority to words written under a male name than those same words written under a female name. There’s no way that the traditional boys’ network influenced this one, either — I mean, it’s not as if how much you like a person, or how much you feel you have in common with a person, impacts your hiring decisions, right? And it’s not as if how much you like someone is at all influenced by your social outings, or your potential social outings, with them, many of which — like, say, golf — are highly gendered, right? I mean, no one has ever demonstrated that having more people from underrepresented groups — women, people of color — in positions of power leads to more people from those underrepresented groups finding success in those very fields, have they? Certainly there is no correlation between the dearth of female justices on the court and the staggeringly low number of female law clerks, right?