One thing we initially knew about President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court is that he would have to hold some misogynistic values in order to achieve the GOP’s dream of overturning Roe v. Wade.
That point is being proven by some of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch’s sexist antics, which have come to light following a letter written by one of his former students and sent to the Senate Committee, Mic reports.
Jennifer Sisk — who took Gorsuch’s legal ethics and professionalism course back in 2016 — recalled an instance in which the judge implied that women abuse companies’ maternity leave policies.
According to Sisk, Gorsuch was facilitating a class discussion one day about a hypothetical situation in which a married female law student was looking for a job while also planning to grow her family.
During the conversation, Gorsuch allegedly asked students to raise their hands if they knew a woman who had taken advantage of a company’s maternity leave policies. After a small group of students raised their hands, Gorsuch insisted that everyone’s hands should have been up because “many women use their companies for maternity benefits and then leave the company after the baby is born.”
"Throughout this class Judge Gorsuch continued to make it very clear that the question of commitment to work over family was one that only women had to answer for," Sisk wrote.
Another anonymous student revealed other times that Gorsuch made gender-biased remarks in the classroom:
“Judge Gorsuch told our class that female lawyers get divorced at twice the rate of male lawyers. He also said that many female lawyers became pregnant, and questioned whether they should do so on their law firms' dime. He asked the female students in my class what they would do if they became pregnant and about the impact of their pregnancies on their law firms. He also asked how they would take care of their children after those children are born.”
Gorsuch’s negative and dated views toward women, sadly, seem to align with those of the Trump administration, which explains his nomination. However, this could spell trouble for the future of women’s rights should he be confirmed as he would restore a 5-4 conservative majority on America’s highest court, BBC notes.
As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer once said, “Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated hostility toward women's rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent justice on the court.”
Although Gorsuch’s hearing began Monday, he is set to be questioned Tuesday and Wednesday, during which time these allegations may be brought forward. He will need to be prepared to feel women’s wrath if even the slightest bit of sexism or condescension is detected in his answers.