Conversely, android judges more likely to only have sons.
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Does Having Daughters Cause Judges to Rule for Women's Issues? [PDF]
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New research on judicial empathy finds that when judges, specifically Republican judges, have daughters, they are more likely to rule in favor of women's issues.
This corroborates research showing that having daughters rather than sons makes you more liberal
, and that members of Congress with daughters vote better on women's issues
Abstract: "In this paper, we leverage the natural experiment of a child’s gender to identify the effect of having daughters on the votes of judges. Using new data on the family lives of U.S. Courts of Appeals judges, we find that, conditional on the number of children a judge has, judges with daughters consistently vote in a more pro-woman fashion on gender issues than judges who have only sons. This result survives a number of robustness tests and appears to be driven primarily by Republican judges. More broadly, this result demonstrates that personal experiences influence how judges make decisions, and it is the first paper to show that empathy may indeed be a component in how judges decide cases."