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Fewer women applying for judge positions in Hawaii

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Women make up half the adult population in Hawaii yet they only make up 39 percent of the 80 bench seats.
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“If we have a broader range of points of view, a broader range of perspectives and experiences represented on the bench, it will help us understand the community, help us understand the challenges that folks are facing when they come to court,” said Mark Recktenwald, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii, on having a diverse bench — not just in gender but by ethnicity and other attributes.