Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 79–99

Gender, Judging and Job Satisfaction


DOI: 10.1007/s10691-009-9111-z

Cite this article as:
Roach Anleu, S. & Mack, K. Fem Leg Stud (2009) 17: 79. doi:10.1007/s10691-009-9111-z


Though the overall numbers of women judges remain small, higher proportions of women have been appointed to many lower courts in common law, and particularly in civil law, countries. This paper investigates whether the experiences of judging and judicial work differ among women and men magistrates in Australia’s lower courts. The particular focus is satisfaction with their work as judges. In so doing, it helps build up a picture of the extent of the gendered nature of the judiciary as an occupation. Measures of overall job satisfaction identify few gender differences; more refined measures highlight areas of divergence between men and women magistrates, suggesting gendered experiences of judicial work which result from particular characteristics of the occupation, as presently constituted, rather than the nature of judging itself.


Gender Job satisfaction Judging Lower courts Magistrates 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Law SchoolFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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