Submitted by joannacm
"We should not be satisfied with a 15% or less ceiling of equity partners. The goal is not to enable individual women to become part of that 15%. The goal is to shatter that percentage."
Throughout her career, former district court judge and professor at Harvard Law School Nancy Gertner has approached women's issues with the words of Rabbi Abraham Heschel in mind: "The opposite of good is not evil; it is indifference."
At Ms. JD's 2012 Conference, Judge Gertner spoke of "Feminism Stalled." "For the past three decades," Judge Gertner stated, "the law school pipeline has been spewing women graduates who make up 1/2 of the class and yet law firm equity partners have been stuck at 12-15%."
Judge Gertner attributes this stagnation, in part, to "the revolution of declining expectations." This occurs, Judge Gertner explained, when women dilute their ambitions according to the limitations of the profession, rather than fighting to remove those obstacles.
Judge Gertner also noted that civil rights law itself is inadequate. "Judges look for explicit discrimination and rogue actors, rather than corporate cultures and policies whose net effect is to impede women," she stated. Judge Gertner calls on women to mobilize, to "identify these discriminatory policies and push for institutional solutions."