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Posted on: Aug 12, 2014

Your name can affect lots of things: how close others feel to you, how you are perceived upon first impression, and, apparently, it can affect your professional advancement as well.

A recent study showed that female lawyers with more masculine names (such as Leslie or Jan) have better chances at winning judgeships than female lawyers with more effeminate names. In fact, "All else being equal, changing a candidate's name from Sue to Cameron tripled a candidate's likelihood of becoming a judge; a change from Sue to Bruce quintupled it."

What are the implications of this, and how does this naming effect ripple into other areas of life? Read this article to find out.


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