Monica Potts

Monica Potts is a senior writer for The American Prospect and a fellow with the New America Foundation Asset Building Program. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Connecticut Post and the Stamford Advocate. She also blogs at PostBourgie.

Recent Articles

Women and the Law.

Female judges make up less than a quarter of the federal bench, and only a little more than that at the state level, a new report found.

The report noted that there were plenty of women graduating from law school and passing the bar, just under half, so it's not that there isn't a talent pool. From the Blog of Legal Times:

Criticizing the Court.

President Obama wasn't the only high-profile critic of the United States Supreme Court for its ruling in the Citizens United case. Sandra Day O'Connor, who wrote a 2003 decision the law reversed, gave a speech at Georgetown University Law Center a few days ago.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor did not sound happy on Tuesday about the Supreme Court’s big campaign finance decision last week. It repudiated a major part of a ruling Justice O’Connor helped write before her retirement from the court in 2006, and it complicated her recent efforts to do away with judicial elections.

The Rental Breakdown

The sub-prime crisis put a spotlight on homeowners -- but renters have suffered from declining housing stock and slashed federal supports.

(Flickr/Colin Robertson)

Editors' Note: This piece has been corrected.

In the 1990s, federal homeownership policy shifted from making homeownership available to the middle class to subsidizing homeownership for almost everyone. In the process, renters were implicitly denigrated and federal spending allocated to support them fell. The push for homeownership began under President Bill Clinton and reached a crescendo under President George W. Bush and his ownership society. Bush's Department of Housing and Urban Development ostensibly continued Clinton-era goals for homeownership, with an added emphasis on closing the racial gap.

Legislating Motherhood.

A few posts down, a commenter took issue with the idea that ordered bed rest was unequivocally bad in the case of a woman who smoked in the beginning of her pregnancy, had problems, but wanted to leave the hospital because she had a job and two young kids. The doctor went to court, which ordered she stay at the hospital because the fetus was endangered. She is now appealing.

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Learning to be Bad at Math.

A University of Chicago study has found that girls may be learning math anxiety from female teachers who have qualms about their own math skills. Sian L. Beilock, an associate professor in psychology, and her colleagues studied students of both sexes in the classes of 17 different teachers, most of whom were women, and found that the female students of the female teachers who thought they were not good at math were more likely to agree by the end of the year that boys were better at it. Those girls also scored worse on math tests.