In early Egypt, in ancient Rome, in Renaissance Europe and outside most 21st-century American courthouses, justice has been represented by that woman with a sword, scales and a blindfold. You know her, right? Lady Justice.
But funny how inside the courtrooms there aren't many Lady Justices to be found.
A majority of this country's population is represented by only three female justices on the nine-member U.S. Supreme Court. Activists are pressing President Obama to nominate a woman of color to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month. But Senate Republicans - overwhelmingly male - have vowed to block any nominee, of any gender, color or qualification. Nice, right?
The Supreme Court's gender diversity is actually a little better than on a lot of benches. In the highest state courts across the country, only 29 percent of judges are women, according to the National Association for Women Judges.
Is this because we simply don't have women qualified for judicial appointments? Of course not.