By Raychelle Tasher • November 21, 2016•Issues, Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Other Forms of Discrimination, Women and Law in the Media, Other Issues
As an organization, Ms. JD is dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. While we do not endorse candidates for political office, Ms. JD is concerned with how the election and the messaging throughout the election cycle may impact the self-confidence, self-worth, and career goals of the female law students and lawyers we support. We do not want these challenging events to diminish the incredible drive, passion, and commitment we see within our community.
You inspire us on a daily basis. We as women are no strangers to adversity. During this difficult time, we encourage you, our community and supporters, to remember those who came before and faced seemingly insurmountable challenges on their paths to legal and political careers: Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to run for President, and Margaret Chase Smith, the first women to serve in both house of Congress, to name a few. They were the first, but they were not the last, and we have seen far from the last of women soaring to unprecedented heights. Shirley Chisholm said: “I don’t measure America by its achievement but by its potential.”
When we look at our community of diverse, engaged young female lawyers, we see the potential and power to change this country for the better. In the coming weeks, months, and years, Ms. JD will continue to work tirelessly to provide you with the support and resources you need to thrive:
● On March 3, 2017, we will hold our annual conference at Northwestern Law School;
● We continue to build out our law student chapters through National Women’s Law Students Organization (NWLSO);
● We will participate in #GivingTuesday to raise money for our vital programming;
● We encourage you to create a free profile and blog on our website.
We are here for you, and these glass ceilings are ours to shatter, Raychelle Tasher, President and Ms. JD Board Chair, Liz Hague, Vice President and Ms. JD Vice Board Chair, and Ms. JD Board of Directors.