Badly judged


About 9 years ago I had an interview with a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia to be his associate (which is sort of like a research assistant). We ended up discussing the low number of women in the Australian judiciary and he said, “There won’t be much of an increase in female judges until you women stop having babies and start taking your careers seriously.”

I casually mentioned that, perhaps, the legal profession could instead work out ways of becoming more flexible so that women were able to both progress and have children. It didn’t go down well. I didn’t get the job.

Cristy, Australia


16 Responses to “Badly judged”

  1. Amy Beth Says:

    That’s discrimination, you should file a lawsuit.

  2. hildeG Says:

    When women stop having babies, there will be no need for judges…
    And yes – that IS discrimination.

  3. Sarah Says:

    “What? Accommodate for the very reason that I even exist in the first place? You must be having a laugh!”

  4. sitakali Says:

    How about, men take care of babies just as much as women do, then they can have people whining at them about THEM not taking their careers seriously.

    • Luna_the_cat Says:


      Seriously, if it were expected that men would take equal responsibility for their children (see the “Cross-channel school run” story!) then assumptions like this would be obviously absurd to everyone.

  5. Jessy Says:

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, I guess.

  6. Nelle Says:

    But who else would have the babies? Doesn’t the human race need to reproduce? *mind boggles*

  7. A Different Sam Says:

    Of course! All employment inequality is caused by women never taking anything seriously! That’s the only possible explanation!

    And I’m pretty sure blacks would have owned more slave plantations if they’d had the ambition to work their way up instead of just being lazy and not taking themselves seriously and resigning themselves to being slaves.

    Sounds like this judge takes the “White” out of “White Man’s Burden”.

    • Luna_the_cat Says:

      Hey, on a Times Higher Education article I just caught an anti-feminist writing that feminists shouldn’t bitch about brothels so much, if they didn’t like the conditions in brothels they should run them themselves, and that no-one would argue with running a successful business.

  8. Stella Says:

    Does this asshole have a kid? Do any other male judges have a kid?

    That’s what I would’ve asked.

  9. Leeza Says:

    Well he is for the most part right. With women calling off right and left over childcare issues, taking time off to be SAHM, and always declaring that their child comes first, how reliable is that? Imagine your hearing having to be canceled because some fickle female judge stayed home because her kid had an ear infection. Nope, moms aren’t too reliable, not for a job of that nature. Better try Dairy Queen or Denny’s.

    • Ryah Says:

      Are you fucking serious?

      For the past four years I’ve worked in the one of the largest courthouses of the state of Utah – for those that don’t get the connotation, this is Mormon Central, the ideology that a woman’s place is barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen is so prevalent it’s as thick as the inversion smog stacked against the Wasatch Mountain front. I can say hands down, without a doubt some of the most admirable, ethical, RELIABLE individuals working within the judiciary branch were women, whether they be judges, attorneys, or clerks – and nine times out of ten those women had that OTHER full time job known as motherhood. Don’t give us shit about women not being able to balance a serious, full time career with the responsibility of raising a family, we’ve been doing it, and we’ll keep doing it.

    • Danielle Says:

      Please don’t feed the trolls.

    • Brittany-Ann Says:

      Warning number one. Another comment like this and you lose commenting privilege. This is a supportive community for women to vent about sexism. It’s going to stay that way.

      [/mod hat]

  10. throwthelunatic Says:

    The worst part is it will be almost certain that man had a wife. Potentially one who had to put up with that crap. The mind boggles.

  11. atozinco Says:

    Lawyers and judges are an old boy’s club that are slowly being broken into. I’m studying to be a lawyer, so hearing this type of male boorishness in the judicial system does not make me happy or confident in my future.

    I live in New Zealand and 2 of the 3 judges in our Supreme Court (the highest court) are currently female – so the walls barring women’s entry are certainly falling – but there’s still a male bias in all the lower courts in NZ.

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