In Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearings, Republican senators have repeatedly pointed out that Judge Barrett is a woman, and a working mom to boot. Just like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right?

Wrong. The two judges couldn’t be more different in their legal views, which is one reason gender is the wrong way to assess a judge, says Susan M. Sterett, a courts scholar at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “Women do not all agree on legal issues any more than men do,” she writes. But gender diversity in the courts still matters in many ways.

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Trump with 7th U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family Sept. 26 at the White House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Amy Coney Barrett may be the next woman on the Supreme Court – but does a nominee’s gender matter?

Susan M. Sterett, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

With Amy Coney Barrett's nomination, Trump has fulfilled his pledge to replace the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a woman. But female judges don't all decide alike any more than male judges do.

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