Here are some thoughts and observations for International Women’s Day from me, a Woman who has been a lawyer for the last 30 years.
This week I celebrate successful women in business and law, like my Aunt who was a successful independent business owner long before women really started becoming entrepreneurs and/or small business owners. And like my cousin who went to law school and ultimately became a judge and a terrific role model.
I am grateful for Title IX, and the opportunities it afforded me in enabling my education.
Moreover, I am grateful for all the women before me who opened so many doors for the women following them, and all those (men and women) who fought for the equal rights amendment.
“You’ve come a long way, Baby.” (1968 Slogan for Virginia Slims cigarettes)
I am also grateful that we don’t have to look at the overtly misogynistic advertisements from 50+ years ago. They were demeaning and nonlinear in thought. Yes, we’ve come a long way, but not for the purpose of “getting permission” to do what we consider normal day to day things now.
Disappointment In Lack Of Progress
It’s very disappointing to me the Equal Rights Amendment has never passed, and will probably never get passed to become part of our constitution. Again, it’s been 50 years – what kind of a message does that send to our young women lawyers coming up through the ranks?
Certainly a bad one!
The earning power of women versus men has improved somewhat over the last few decades, however it’s still not equal, as it should be. There are a number of factors contributing to this, many of which are antiquated, yet still alive in society today.
We need to make more progress!
Set Your Own Priorities In Life
When it comes to women in powerful positions in law firms, there should be more of them given the number of male vs female law students enrolling in universities these days.
Being a lawyer consumes a considerable amount of time, however, women WANT to do it differently, and so they should!
Look at different ways of practicing law instead of following the traditional model.
Set the priorities for YOUR life, because you have the power to do just that – we have a long way to go, baby!
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