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Note to media: There's no such office as 'female justice'
Note to media: There's no such office as 'female justice'

If you read news articles about a post-Hobby Lobby dispute at the Supreme Court over contraception coverage, you might think that there is an official position of “female Supreme Court justice.” Typical was the lead of this July 3 New York Times report: “In a decision that drew an unusually fierce dissent from the three female justices, the Supreme Court sided Thursday with religiously affiliated nonprofit groups in a clash between religious freedom and women’s rights.” The Los Angeles Times didn’t refer to the dissenting justices by their gender until the eighth paragraph of a story by my colleague David Savage: “The unsigned order prompted a...

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