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BrookeFaulkner

Women And Higher Education: A Brief History

Today, women are closer to equal rights than they have ever been before. In 2014, women actually comprised 57% of students in institutions of higher education. According to Arizona State University, women currently make up almost 50% of the U.S. workforce, and 51% of corporate jobs are filled by females. Did you know that until very recently, American women have largely been excluded from higher education? In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was quite frowned upon, and at times, against policy, to allow women to attend traditional colleges and universities. The first women’s college (Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts) wasn’t…

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Raychelle_Tasher

A Letter to Our Community

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…

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benditaesq

He(ar)(re), us! Blawg writing as illumination & organization

haiku: I write. Without it I would self-destruct. Breathing can be elusive. As a young associate I attended a meeting where I was only one of two women and the only woman of color among nearly twenty attorneys. We women were not shrinking violets in the back reserving our opinions and sitting on our hands: we were at the table, very vocal, leaning in long before Sheryl instructed us to. A few days later, I ran into one of the attorneys who were at the meeting. He rushed to tell me about this fantastic meeting he attended where there were…

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nevidomsky92

Life in the Law School Lane: Living Through the 2016 Election as a Female Law Student

"This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is, it is worth it. And so we need—we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion." - Hillary Clinton, Concession Speech, November 9, 2016 With my penultimate post as a 2016 Writer in Residence, I figured I would be wrapping up…

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tammyzhu

The Role of Men

My friend Andrew considers himself an ally and is one of the very few men who regularly shows up at his company’s monthly women’s leadership group meetings.  He started going to these meetings after the group’s leader told him, “Of course you can come.  Come to all of them!”  At the meetings, Andrew wants to participate but is conflicted about speaking up because he is concerned that it might not be his place to speak at a women’s group meeting.  He wonders, What if my participation, or even my presence, silences certain conversations or makes some participants uncomfortable?  The other…

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Kristine_Cherek

“Locker Room Talk” Is Not Just Talk

As a former “big firm” attorney and the former General Counsel of a privately-held corporation, I built my career in a male-dominated world.  Like many women of my 40-something generation I’ve experienced my share of sexism, bias, and exclusion.  I got used to people assuming I was a secretary or paralegal just because I am female.  I’ve been called sweetheart, girl, little lady, and a variety of other demeaning terms.  I learned to ignore the occasional lewd joke or crass comment.  I cringed when my colleagues referred to a young female intern as “the body” rather than by her name. …

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Marybeth.Herald

Your Brain, Law School, and Law Practice:  Implicit Biases Come Out in the Open

Implicit bias is in the news and that is good news.  The recent publicity surrounding police shootings has brought that term into more conversations.  In this election season, candidates are even tossing the phrase into their debates. Let’s take a look at what it means and why it is especially important for law students and lawyers to understand it.  Here are some iconic pictures.  Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach (serving under President Kennedy) is confronting Governor George Wallace on the steps of the University of Alabama in 1963.  Wallace was refusing to allow the entry of African-American students, specifically Vivian Malone pictured here,…

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There Is Gender Equality in the Privacy Field…But Will it Last?

In recent ACC, IAPP, and VentureBeat articles, we explored the subject of gender parity and disparity in the privacy and security professions. There are stark differences in how the two intersecting professions treat women. According to data from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the median salaries for privacy professionals are equal between men and women, and women are as likely as men to hold leadership positions in the field. In contrast, the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2’s most recent Global Information Security Workforce Study reports that “women in the information security profession represent 10% of the workforce — a percentage that is unchanged…

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TheGenWhyLawyer

The Gen Why Lawyer: What and Why Young Lawyers Should Know About Cultural Competency

For this special post, I reached out to my friend, Aastha Madaan, Estate Planning and Business lawyer in Southern California. Aastha often speaks on the topic of cultural competency in the legal profession. I invited her to share her insights on this important subject for all new and young lawyers to be aware of. The Changing Face of Legal Services Delivery: Cultural Competency in the Practice of Law by Aastha Madaan Culture is like the air we breathe-it is largely invisible and yet we are dependent on it for our very being. Culture is the logic by which we give order to the…

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lawyergirl

LAW AND DESTINY

The laws of physics create order over the world, gravity limits the boundaries of our planet and daily human capacity. Society, in contravention of the laws of science, is inherently random and exhibits chaos. Where in this great cosmic mix does one find the rule of law? Some people become lawyers because they want to make money, others join the Bar because they seek power. Justice? On the first day of my law school classes Prof Sam Dash pronounced words to the effect of: if you are interested in fairness and justice there is a door in this room and…

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