Submitted by Normandie Writes
"I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool...."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 1
There’s a whole lot out there these days on women “having it all”, “leaning in”, and “leaning out.” We've heard about “binders of women” while recent statistics reveal that women earn less than men in 99% of all occupations. Particularly, in the legal world, women make up only 16% of equity partners at big law firms. All of this and the fact that people are still talking about Miley Cyrus twerking inspired me to write this post.
I never considered the fact I am a woman. Okay, obviously I know I am a woman. But what I mean to say is, I never gave it much thought in a career sense. I grew up in a house full of women. My mother, grandmother, and aunt raised me for much of my child and adolescent years. I was the first woman in my family to attend college, receive a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and the first person in my family to attend law school. Certainly, as the first woman in my family to enter the professional work force while also raising children, I've struggled at times to “balance” it all-with little guidance on how to do it. Yet, while the media reported on “women’s issues” I never believed those “issues” had anything to do with me. I was talented, smart, driven, passionate, hardworking, and tenacious. Wasn't that enough?