Iowans need to ask: Why the disparity for women?

If you care about whether women have political power, you need to pay attention to the courts.

That’s the message that Tulane University political science professor and author Sally Kenney, an Iowa native, had at a panel discussion Thursday on women in the judiciary.

The importance of making sure women are represented in this third branch of government isn’t necessarily about what they add to the position but what happens when they are excluded, Kenney said.

“If women are absent, it sends a powerful message about their capabilities and their role in our democracy,” Kenney said. She is the executive director of the Newcomb College Institute and author of “Gender and Justice: Why Women on the Judiciary Really Matter.”

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