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March is National Women’s History Month. The Month can be traced to the early ‘80s when President Reagan proclaimed the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued annual proclamations designating March as “Women’s History Month.”
In honor of Women's History Month, we’ve compiled a reading list that explores the obstacles, issues and successes relevant to female lawyers.
Law’s playing field has been anything but level as far back as I can remember. My first experience with the profession’s gender bias came decades ago when I was a young assistant U.S. attorney.
I finally read Roe v. Wade, timing myself for the sake of argument. 42 minutes, 40 seconds … so even if you’re a slow reader (like me), you can read it over lunch.
Work life balance is important; it is key to a healthy life. Too much work and you might feel burnt out. Too littler work and you lose sight of structure or personal goals.
Famous female aviator Amelia Earhart once said “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
While women are able to work in a wider range of job now than in the past there are still some work forces where their presence isn’t represented equally.
Female lawyers work on average four more hours a week than their male counterparts do, are more likely to not have children and are vastly more likely to work part time or leave the profession altogether once they do have a child.
U.S. law firms are not hiring or promoting more female attorneys than they were a year ago, a failure that everyone from in-house attorneys to BigLaw bosses says can only change when the industry confronts its deep-rooted unconscious bias about women in law.
On March 3, 1879, Belva became the first woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; however, this accomplished, early feminist was not only the first woman to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, but she was also the first woman to run for U.S. President.
Close your eyes. Imagine a world where the word “equality” didn’t just represent a goal to strive for, but a life we actually are able to live out.
It’s well known that the legal industry has struggled with diversity challenges with respect to both gender and race. Against this backdrop, it’s more important than ever for women in the legal technology workforce to learn from each other about what it takes to build a successful career in the industry.
We must shift our concepts about our careers and realize that different stages of life may require different priorities.
The ARKANSAS House endorses HB 1434, which would bar abortions in the Razorback State based solely on the sex of the fetus.