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    About NAWL

    The mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law. Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support, and collective success.


    2017 Survey on Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms

    Each year, the goal of the NAWL Survey has been to provide objective statistics regarding the position and advancement of women lawyers in law firms in particular, and the NAWL Survey remains the only national survey that collects this industry benchmarking data in such detail. The 2017 NAWL Survey marks 10 years of tracking data on the career progression and compensation of women among the top 200 U.S. law firms.  

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    NAWL Joins Statement Denouncing the Decision to Halt Service of Transgender Troops in the U.S. Armed Services

    Joining with other diversity bar associations, NAWL unequivocally and without reserve denounces the current administration's recent decision to halt the service of transgender troops in the U.S. armed forces.

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    President's Message

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    Angela Beranek Brandt
    NAWL President

    Summer 2017

    NAWL’s purpose is clear: empowering women in the legal profession. For over 100 years, the NAWL leaders who have come before me have worked tirelessly toward the mission of providing leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law.

    NAWL works in a number of ways to achieve its mission. One of those ways is by having an inclusive culture. An inclusive organization is one that offers ways in which its members can find commonality. During a time when so many are all too quick to point out what divides us, it is important for NAWL to provide a place for us to unite. As different as we all are, we can find our commonality. When we find that common thread, we have a connection. It is this commonality and connection that will unite our efforts to drive actions and change. Because this is your organization, it is important for you to be connected. My sincere hope is that in t…

    NAWL News

    Disturbing allegations of sexual harassment in Antarctica leveled at noted scientistMeredith Waldman writes, "Editor’s note: This article includes crude language and disturbing details.Boston University (BU) is investigating sexual harassment complaints made against a prominent Antarctic geologist by two of his former graduate students. The women allege that David Marchant, then
    India's Supreme Court rules sex with a child bride is rapeEli Meixler writes, "India's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that sex with an underage wife constitutes rape, in a landmark ruling that campaigners say could affect millions of girls.The decision overturned a previous clause that permitted men to have sex with a married girl as young as 15, the Indi
    Watch Sen. Amy Klobuchar joke about the time she was publicly mistaken for Al Franken's wifeClaire Zillman writes, "Klobuchar, a Democrat, won her office in 2006, becoming the first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. Her decade-long tenure also makes her the state’s senior senator. Her junior counterpart is fellow Democrat Al Franken, the one-time comedian and Saturda
    Inspired or frustrated, women go to work for themselvesKerry Hannon writes, "After working as a women's clothing designer for the British retailer Topshop for six years, Ms. Sweetman-Durney realized at 27 that she 'just wasn't in love with it anymore,' she said. 'It seemed crazy to quit, but I wanted to create something that would last and celebrate I
    Getting women out of the middle-management trapJoann S. Lublin writes, "After rising early in their careers, many women get stuck in middle management.More big businesses are trying to fix that by taking inventive steps to propel female managers into the executive suite.International Business Machines Corp. helps high-potential women win cri
    How the women of Amazon fought for--and won--a revolutionary family leave policyRebecca Gale writes, "At Amazon, Lindsey Fowler was lucky to have a job she liked, as a senior manager of software development, and one with a paid leave policy in place when she had her first child in December of 2011. She took 10 weeks off, 8 of which were paid, before returning to work. 'I would

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