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Skirts vs. Slacks: I’m not rooting for slacks. I’m rooting for the issue to just go away.

Skirt suits or pants suits--which are more professional? This was the topic of conversation around the dinner table of a group of female classmates one evening, where a surprising majority insisted that for women, a skirt suit was the most professional attire for a female lawyer. As self-proclaimed feminists, their reasoning was that women who don't wear skirt suits are uncomfortable with their femininity. And while I may not necessarily agree with their views, I do recognize the basic message the conversation was meant to encapsulate: that the very visibility of our gender unfailingly garners attention, regardless of whether we…

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sintecho

Sisters in Law

When I think about advancing the role of women in the legal profession, the women I know here in the U.S. are those that come first to mind. Sometimes I extend my attention far north into Canada. Rarely, though, do I take the time to think about how powerful a voice we--women attorneys who still have a tough professional road to hoe but at least have the undisputed right to a place on the road--might have in furthering the cause of our less fortunate sisters abroad. This article on the efforts of five women lobbying for the right to practice…

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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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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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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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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

Lawyering Phenomenally

Maya Angelou said, "A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best, challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally." This is the way I approach my legal career."Funny business, a woman's career: the things you drop on the way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman. It's one career all females have in common, whether we like it or not: being a woman. Sooner or later we've got to work at it, no matter how many other…

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Grace M. Guisewite

Getting over it

The average law student is a woman, and her average superior is a man. I cared for about ten minutes and then got over it. Women and the law should not be a shocking relationship. It should not immediately conjure up the term "family law," nor invoke the picture of a single, suit-clad woman charging through the streets of New York, Blackberry in tow. Women and the law should simply be. The reality is that the average law student will be a female, but her superior will be a man. In a profession predicated upon teamwork this should not matter,…

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Jennifer Keys

We can be “sheroes”

Being a woman in the legal profession--in particular a woman of color--presents unique challenges, but also creates an opportunity for sharing a different perspective. Although women no longer struggle for equality in the right to vote and in the right to education, women still must fight for equal opportunities in the workplace. As more women entered the American workforce, the tide of criticism against working mothers also rose. Some continue to blame mothers in the workplace for what they call the decline in the American family. However, I believe this is a tactic to prevent women from succeeding professionally and…

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