Emily Snider

The Power of One

The more experience I had consciously trying to "change" things, the more I realized that in order to affect big changes, a person simply needs to take individual action. My individual action, I decided, was to become a lawyer.I think a lot of women learn from their mothers how to behave in the world. Sometimes we learn from talking, sometimes from just watching. My mother was a woman who made her own decisions. She didn't make a big fuss about something before she did it. She would think about something, make a decision, and act. When I was in the…

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Corinne M. Croucher

Shooting for the Stars

When I was eight years old my brother and I were in our shared bathroom getting ready for bed. We were discussing what we would do when we were "grown up," and I declared that I wanted to be an astronaut. My brother looked at me and told me that "girls cannot be astronauts." Upset and confused I immediately went to tattle tell on my older brother. My mom then sat both of us down and told us that we could do anything in this world that made us happy and that nothing could stop us. As an eight year…

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The Rhode Island legal community has work to do

It was difficult not to notice the gender breakdown in the room. Rhode Island's Senate Judiciary Committee had convened to hear testimony and vote on a proposed bill to grant judges the authority to order firearm relinquishment when issuing permanent restraining orders. Among the eleven legislators present, one was a woman--she was also the co-sponsor of the bill. While forty states and the federal government have all enacted essentially the same law, the bill, titled "Homicide Prevention Act," had never successfully left the Judiciary Committee in the past three years' attempts at passage. Aside from the lone legislator, all of…

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Geeta Naidu

“Opting in” means choosing legal culture over Indian culture

After finals, after the end of school year celebrations and the spring barbeques, I drive to Illinois to start my summer of living with my parents and working at Prairie State Legal Services. I have a few days before my internship begins and I spend it running errands for my mother and grandmother. I spend long afternoons driving around the suburbs of Chicago, stopping at the houses of family friends to drop off mango pickle, pick up pan leaves and Telugu VHS movies that have been copied and re-copied until the movie has a clear picture or a clear sound,…

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Tahanie Aboushi

The Expectations Game

As a woman, the most important expectations to fill are my own. I vow to never compare myself to a man and to never make him my standard.As a child my parents always told me there was nothing I could not do. They also told me to never let anyone say or convince me I could not do something. More importantly, I was taught to always look for a challenge and never take the easy way out. Being a woman has become synonymous with challenge. As a woman entering the legal profession I am a reflection of our entire race,…

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Rigel S. Massaro

Cracks in the Glass Ceiling

Each of us brings to our job, whatever it is, our lifetime of experience and our values.Sandra Day O'ConnorIf we are to achieve a richer culture--one rich in contrasting values--we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.Margaret MeadLast month I completed my first year of law school at the University of Arizona, where 50% + of the student body is female and all of our deans are women. I am currently interning at Consumers Union, where the 90% of…

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Marisol Juarez Diaz

Is the current legal community capable of representing the interests of our diverse citizenry?

One night, the first African-American Executive Director of the Arizona State Bar responded to an alarm that had been triggered at the State Bar Building. Security officials at the scene assumed she was a burglar.A proud Chicana, I have become impassioned by the dialogue that shadows diversity and ultimately equality, especially as the first woman in my family to attend law school. Since leaving my position at the University of Arizona's Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs to attend law school, I miss the communication and discussion sparked among my colleagues and students about advancing the cause. Thus, while I was at a…

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Victoria Tsoong

Perspective: From a women’s college to a co-ed law class

Coming directly from a women's college to law school, I confronted an unexpected hurtle--a co-ed classroom. In my youth, I attended co-ed schools, but was fortunate to take the opportunity to attend Scripps College of the Claremont Colleges. During college, I was able to gain confidence as a woman and was able to understand what it meant to be a woman in society. I emerged from Scripps confident and independent. Despite the lessons learned from a women's college, I found that, even in this day and age, the legal realm is still adapting to women in executive positions. I had…

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Sarah Cline

A Wake-Up Call

Women lawyers still have a fight on their hands to gain true equality. Unfortunately, the greatest hindrance in this fight may be women themselves, by way of their complacency.Although history reveals extraordinary cases of American women practicing law since colonial times, it is not until very recently that women's presence in the legal profession has increased beyond these largely unknown and unrecognized crusaders. [1] Abigail Adams cautioned her husband to "remember the ladies" in creating the legal and political structure of this nation, but women had no voice in that process, and as a result their interests were unrepresented and…

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Anonymous

My Dream Firm

Daydreams of the perfect firm--from a public interest lawyer who found existing firms too flawed to join.Being a woman entering the legal profession is something that I think about often, although as a young girl growing up, it is a topic I never imagined I would have to consider. Growing up in the 1980s, girls were empowered to try to both outsmart and outrun boys as we played on their sports teams and competed against them in academic competitions. We watched our mothers or our friends' mothers work. We were groomed to go to college before we settled down to…

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