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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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    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…

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    Edith Windsor, whose same-sex marriage fight led to landmark ruling, dies at 88Robert D. McFadden writes, "Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark case led the Supreme Court to grant same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time and rights to a host of federal benefits that until then only married heterosexuals had enjoyed, died on Tuesday in Ma
    DNA evidence from a female Viking warrior’s grave shows bias is in the eye of the beholderEphrat Livni writes, "Academics construct narratives about the past using fragments and artifacts. Sometimes they also fill in the gaps on their discoveries, making assumptions that reveal more about contemporary thinking than they do about history.Take for example a recent revelation by researche
    Do women avoid salary negotiations? Evidence from a large scale natural field experimentAndrea Leibbrandt and John A. List write, "One explanation advanced for the persistent gender pay differences in labor markets is that women avoid salary negotiations. By using a natural field experiment that randomizes nearly 2,500 job-seekers into jobs that vary important details of the labor cont
    Accenture CEO: Who have you helped today?Ellen McGirt writes, "As much of the world struggles to deal with the effects of climate change, extreme weather and natural disaster, Accenture CEO Julie Sweet offers a timely reminder that every day is an opportunity to help.In her turn as an Include U instructor — our 30-day challenge on inclus
    Gender analytics: using litigation data to evaluate law firm diversityMichael Sander, Tara Klamrowski, and Rachel Sander write, "More women are entering the legal profession than ever —women now make up about half of all law students and 36% of all licensed attorneys— but these ratios are not reflected at the highest levels of firm positions. Judges anecdotally report
    From sex object to gritty woman: the evolution of women in stock photosClaire Cain Miller writes, "In 2007, the top-selling image for the search term 'woman' in Getty Image’s library of stock photography was a naked woman lying on a bed, gazing at the camera with a towel draped over her bottom half.In 2017, it’s a woman hiking a rocky trail in Banff National Park, al

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