Critical Judicial Nominations and Political Change: The Impact of Clarence Thomas

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women in national legislatures (e.g., Denmark) and governmental agencies (e.g., Australia), 101 the United States has a long legacy of male monopolization of decision making in policymaking institutions. Developments in 1992 may fall far short of feminists' aspirations for equal gender representation in government. However, the notable increases in women's congressional representation produced in a single election stand in marked contrast to the political history and traditions of the United States. Thus the Thomas nomination controversy can be classified as the catalytic event that generated significant political change.


NOTES
1.
Elizabeth Kolbert, "Survey Finds Most of Public Believes Nominee's Account," N.Y. Times, 15 October 1991; Jane Mansbridge and Katherine Tate, "Race Trumps Gender: The Thomas Nomination in the Black Community," P.S.: Political Science and Politics 25 ( 1992): 488-92; Kathleen Frankovic and Joyce Gelb, "Public Opinion and the Thomas Nomination," P.S.: Political Science and Politics 25 ( 1992): 481-84.
2.
Mansbridge and Tate, "Race Trumps Gender,"491.
3.
William Hershey, "Women in Washington Know Reality Behind Thomas-Hill Fiasco," Akron Beacon Journal, 21 October 1991, A7.
4.
Jill Abramson, "Reversal of Fortune: Image of Anita Hill Brighter in Hindsight, Galvanizes Campaigns," Wall Street Journal, 5 October 1992, A1.
5.
Saundra Torry, "60% of Female Lawyers Surveyed Report Gender Bias in U.S. Courts," Akron Beacon Journal, 6 August 1992, A13.
6.
Abramson, "Reversal of Fortune," A1.
7.
Ibid.
8.
For example, Eleanor Flexner, Century of Struggle: The Woman's Rights Movement in the United States, rev. ed. ( Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1975).
9.
Ethel Klein, Gender Politics ( Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984), 13.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - Critical Judicial Nominations 1
  • Notes 14
  • 2 - Critical Judicial Nominations in American History 17
  • Notes 41
  • 3 - Justice Thomas and the Supreme Court 45
  • Notes 68
  • 4 - The Thomas Hearings as the Catalyst for Political Mobilization 73
  • Notes 116
  • 5 - Political Mobilization in the Aftermath of the Thomas Nomination Controversy 123
  • Notes 148
  • 6 - Conclusion 153
  • Notes 156
  • Select Bibliography 159
  • Index 163
  • About the Author 173
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