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Smiling and Stuff

"Hey girl, it's okay to smile!" someone shouted at me as I walked down the steps to 24th Street Mission BART two days ago.  My first reaction was: I know. What's THAT got to do with anything?  As I'm reaching towards my thirties, I notice that I'm beginning to see the role of women differently, and, being a woman, that means I am beginning to view my own place in the world differently. Namely, I'm even more aware of how women are expected to be beams of joy, light, and beauty in an often chaotic world. Why else would we be…

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tigsAATYl2

Gender Inequality In The Immigration Process

The problems facing women in the legal profession are well documented, from problems with workplace discrimination to the ongoing debate around being a working parent. The question of whether women can have it all is frequently uttered, to the point where it has almost lost all meaning. As a female law student, I’ve seen this all too frequently. What I wear to court is more likely to be criticised or highlighted, and I often find myself the subject of unwanted attention in professional situations. It shouldn’t happen, but it does, and we all have our own coping mechanisms for not…

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rachel-bird

Working Women Advocates

I’m Rachel Bird, the founder of Working Women Advocates. After Susan Fowler’s groundbreaking article about her year at Uber went viral, it seemed like there was a paradigm societal shift. People are now, more than ever, willing to admit and discuss at length the hardships women face in the workplace. I not only want to join that discussion, I want to change it. Like Susan Fowler, my experiences in the workplace inspired me to reflect on the hardships I faced as a professional woman. As a software developer, my reflections have taken a different form – a web app called Working…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats: A Firm of Her Own

April marks the month that most women catch up to their male colleagues' salaries for the prior year. For this year's equal pay day, Ms. JD is talking to women who have not only achieved equal pay, they are running their own firms as part of doing so. Moderated by Ms. JD Board Emeritus, Janet Wallace, if you have ever dreamed of launching your own firm, you will not want to miss this conversation with Amanda Green Alexander! Join Ms. JD on Wednesday, April 19 at 2:00 PM ET to learn more about the path to firm leadership and practical advice for…

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ProElena

My Feminity is a powerful weapon

A true story - My femininity is a powerful weapon  When I was 26 years old I worked in a large maritime consultancy firm, I was the only woman in any kind of senior role and my colleagues consisted of all-male ex-marines and Special Forces personnel. One day I was called into the boardroom for a one-to-one with my manager where I was informed that although I was accomplished in my role, I would struggle to make it further in this sector due to it being a stereotypically male-dominated industry and that because I was an assertive young woman, I…

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Annesherwood

Center for WorkLife Law

This week is “Interview Week” at my school, during which several of my classmates will be interviewing for associate level positions while many others interview for summer internships. Implicit bias in interviewing and hiring has been an interest of mine for some time, but it seems even more relevant around this time of year. As I was researching however, it became apparent to me that eradicating implicit bias in hiring practices means nothing without an overall system that supports both women and people of color once they enter the workplace and keeps them there. This is how I discovered the…

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skreed

Skirting the Ceiling: Black Hair Shouldn’t Be an Occupational Hazard

Before last week, I thought that, as Elle Woods once said, "The rules of haircare are simple and finite," but after attending Occupational Hazards: What's Hair Got to Do With It?, I realized that is anything but the case. The keynote speaker at the event, the fabulous Professor D. Wendy Greene, focused her discussion on grooming code discrimination in the workplace and how such discrimination disparately impacts black women.  If you're saying to yourself, "What's grooming code discrimination?" That's okay. I was right there with you up to that lecture. A grooming code is a standard issued by employers that employees are expected to meet in terms of appearance.…

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bg3orge

Family Planning in Law School and Beyond

“So, when are you going to have another baby?” As innocent as that question often is, I honestly cringe when I hear it. I cringe because it is a very personal question. But, I cringe more because I know that it requires a response that is more involved than most people realize they are about to get. Even in the days of social media, where people know what you ate for dinner the night before, people often fail to recognize or too quickly forget that I have some major, competing aspects of my life. I have dual dreams: one of being a…

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Hillary Clinton, Respectability Politics, and the Crisis of Modern Feminism

The results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election represented a failure on many fronts. It was a failure of the American commitment to diversity, openness, and refuge. It was a failure as a check on corporate greed, wealthy interests, and predators of the poor and vulnerable. It signified a societal sickness— with our obsession with celebrity culture and worshipping of money as status. It displayed a majoritarian callousness to the calls for equal dignity by marginalized groups – by racial and ethnic minorities, the transgender community, immigrants, religious minorities, the gay and lesbian community, the disabled community, and women –…

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shantibrien

Implicit Bias: Lessons from a Mock Trial

Two white men and two black men walk into a courtroom….This is not the beginning of a bad joke but rather the start of a true story about implicit bias.  I was honored to be judging in the final tournament of a national mock-trial competition. In the mock-trial the plaintiff and the defendant each had two attorneys: one white attorney and one black attorney. As each spoke, I judged them on pre-set criteria like use of case law, presentation, questions to the witnesses, and handling the judges questions.  At the end, I ranked the attorneys.  Relying on my general impressions…

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