August 12, 2010
With Elena Kagan's confirmation, the Supreme Court now includes three women for the first time in its history. Though the addition of Kagan will not likely change the voting patterns of this court, in the long run having three women on the court may broaden the perspective of all of the justices. The Critical Mass Project reported that having three or more women on a corporate board had this effect, and Sumru Erkut, co-author of the Critical Mass report, believes having three women on the Court will have a similar effect. When women serve on a board together, "having women in the room becomes a normal state of affairs," states Erkut in a recent commentary.