The gavel leans feminist when a daughter is involved. A new study has found that judges with at least one daughter were found to vote in a feminist direction 16 percent more often than those with just sons.
The research says that not just law and ideology factor into decision-making—personal experiences do as well. “Things like having daughters can actually fundamentally change how people view the world, and this, in turn, affects how they decide cases,” said University of Rochester Prof. Maya Sen, who co-led the study.
It turns out that judges with daughters are more likely to vote in favor of women’s rights than ones with only sons. The effect, a new study found, is most pronounced among male judges appointed by Republican presidents, like Chief Justice Rehnquist.
“Our basic finding is quite startling,” said Maya Sen, a political scientist at the University of Rochester who conducted the study along with Adam Glynn, a government professor at Harvard.