This Commentary evaluates President George H.W. Bush's lackluster record of appointing women to the federal courts. The Commentary initially examines the relevant data on female judicial appointments and assesses why the Bush Administration has placed few women on the bench. It next recommends that President Bush name substantially more women in 1991 and 1992 and explores why and how this endeavor should be instituted. The Commentary then analyzes what the Bush Administration is likely to do about the paucity of female appointees. Because it is not clear that President Bush will place very many women on the federal courts, the Commentary affords constructive suggestions for increasing the number of women the Bush Administration names to federal judgeships.
Carl Tobias, Commentary, The Gender Gap on the Federal Bench, 19 Hofstra L. Rev. 171 (1990)