Personal relationships can affect how judges decide

justiceladyA recent study examined how personal relationships affect judicial decisions by focusing on something judges can’t control: the gender of their children. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Rochester examined nearly 2,700 votes on cases involving discrimination against women or women’s rights made by about 240 U.S. Court of Appeals judges. They found that judges who have a least one daughter “consistently vote in a more feminist fashion on gender issues than judges who have only sons.” This was particularly the case among male Republican judges.