September 10, 2016

WHEN I TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS IN 1991, I WAS TOLD I LOOKED TOO YOUNG TO BE A LAW PROFESSOR. I’m pretty sure that Ralph Hall wasn’t being sexist. But now Florida’s law dean is complaining that people tell her she looks too young to be a law dean. The more complaints I hear along these lines from women and minorities, the more I’m tempted to conclude that our society isn’t ready yet for leaders who aren’t straight, white males. Apparently, the environment is just too crushingly hostile for anyone else.

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