Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Week ending December 13, 2013

This week brought the news that the percentage of women associates has fallen for the fourth straight year. Vivia Chen at The Careerist analyzes some of the key findings from the report and they make for sobering reading. Are women associates “opting out” of BigLaw?

In a first for the automotive industry, General Motors this week named Mary Barra as their next chief executive, the first female CEO in her industry. However, despite the great strides made this year by high-profile women in corporate leadership roles, the number of female CEOs and board members at Fortune 500 companies suggests there is still a lot of work to be done.

“Playing by the rules” is one way to pursue a career in a male-dominated profession but is it the right way? Karen Gifford at the Huffington Post urges young women pursuing careers in male-dominated fields to focus instead on knowing themselves and ensuring their interactions are sincere and authentic.

It’s not often that an advertisement for hair products is praised for challenging stereotypes. This advert for Pantene has been provoking discussions around the often inconsistent labels applied to men and women who do the same things.

Finally, Lily Myers explores the conflicting messages male and female siblings can receive from the world around them in her performance at the College National Poetry Slam and challenges us all to stop “growing in.”

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