The ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ caricature is not only unfair but wildly at odds with the reality of her life.

Main Street: With the nomination of Catholic Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, will Joe Biden’s Democratic Party practice what it preaches? Images: AFP/Getty Images Composite: Mark Kelly

By
Kate Bachelder Odell

Amy Coney Barrett has been not-so-subtly depicted as straight out of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood’s dystopian 1985 novel. Judge Barrett, a mother of seven who sits on the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, belongs to a Christian group known as People of Praise. The New York Times reported in 2017 that the group refers to advisers as “head” for men and “handmaid” for women. “The group,” the Times adds, “teaches that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family.” (The group said in 2018 it had stopped using “handmaid,” explaining that “the meaning of this term has shifted…