November 01, 2018 Feature

Sexual Harassment and the Bench

By Nancy Gertner

A story to start: I applied for a federal court of appeals clerkship after my graduation from Yale Law School in 1971. I was a feminist and a women’s rights activist; I was a participant in one of the first courses on women and the law, organized and run by women law students. There were 20 of us in a class of 160 men. None of us was shy at criticizing professors or students who betrayed a demeaning attitude to women or stereotypical gendered perspectives. Especially me.

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