By jessie kornberg • May 15, 2007•Other Law School Issues
I graduated from law school on Friday. Woohoo! Only not so much, because I spent half of commencement stewing over the less-than-inspiring words of our commencement speaker. About halfway through her speech, our speaker, an extremely accomplished public interest lawyer and mother of two, changed course and addressed her comments to the women in the graduating class. "You can have it all, as long as you are willing to compromise," she encouraged us.
I know I have to compromise. But I think I'm going to have to compromise, because I'm an adult, not because I'm a woman. And as far as having it all is concerned, I'd probably have to compromise a lot less if all the men in the audience were being asked to listen up too. Maybe if people were telling them that they would have to compromise to get what they want, they would be more prepared to do so?
Well things went from bad to worse, since my friend's dad spent dinner wondering how I would feed my family if I didn't learn to cook. For all the complaining I've done about the prevalence of gender stereotype and sexism in law school, it's looking pretty good now compared to life after J.D.