Lady Justice Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes

Lady Justice Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes

Lady Justice Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
Dec. 16 2010 10:24 AM

Lady Justice Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes

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Sometimes Lady Justice wears a blindfold to demonstrate her impartiality and sometimes because a fool is taking away her sight. Sometimes the blindfold comes off to show that she has new vision. Usually she carries a sword, but not in Canada, where she has a cornucopia. When a WPA mural portrayed her as dark-skinned in one American courthouse, she ended up behind curtains.

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My friends Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis, Yale Law School professors, have written an incredibly ambitious book, Representing Justice , which traces the evolution of courthouse imagery while making a powerful argument about access to justice and the threats to it. It's the meatiest coffee table book you'll run across, I promise. For an appetizer, check out Randy Kennedy's smart take on the book in the New York Times with a fabulous Lady Justice slide show . And here's my personal favorite, Diana K. Moore's sculpture, which is in the federal courthouse in Concord, N.H.