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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Jul 24, 2020

Feminism the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes and organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

When self-proclaimed anti-feminist Roy Den Hollander intending to kill Esther Salas, the first Latina woman to serve as United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, instead killed her son, 20 year-old Daniel Anderl and injured her husband, Mark Anderl, judges and citizens around our nation mourned this stark reminder of the vulnerabilities of being a woman judge. These vulnerabilities serve as a powerful reminder that women judges, though they wear the black robe, are not immune from the callousness of people who do not believe women's rights are human rights.

As of August 2019, the appointment of women to Article III courts did not reflect the gender makeup of the United States. (Building a More Inclusive Federal Judiciary (October 2019). In fact, 60 percent of all judges were white males. (Ibid.) People of color, women, and queer people were respectively 20 percent, 27 percent, and 1 percent of all sitting judges. This despite, 40 percent of people of color, 51 percent of women, and 4.5 percent of queer people live in the United States. (Ibid.)

Seeing a woman of color, a double minority, targeted five days ago because of her gender and race is a grim reminder that the fight for the equality of women is far from over.

Yahairah Aristy is a Deputy Public Defender, and is the 2020-2021 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego.


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