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.

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    NAWL Sends Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

    NAWL writes letter to Senate Judiciary Committee urging its members to ensure that each nominee for Attorney General has complete record and that the person ultimately confirmed to fill this important office is committed to preserving and protecting the hard-fought rights that have been established for all of our citizens. READ FULL RELEASE>>


    Open Letter to President-elect Trump From National Legal Associations

    The National Association of Women Lawyers has joined forces with other national legal associations to craft an open letter to President-elect Trump to urge him to find common ground and move the nation towards unity and inclusion. READ FULL LETTER>>


    NAWL Joins Diverse Bar Associations' Statement on Hate Crimes

    The National Association of Women Lawyers signed on to an open letter to our nation's leaders, calling on them and lawyers across the country to denounce and take action against the recent surge of bias-motivated hate violence. READ FULL LETTER>>

    President's Message

    Leslie Richards-Yellen

    Leslie Richards-Yellen
    NAWL President

    Fall 2016

    As NAWL President, I’m delighted – and extremely proud – that after 117 years, this wonderful organization of ours is more vital than ever – more committed than ever to advancing all women in the legal profession. Strongly woven into the very fiber of our organization is the tradition of women standing firmly for each other’s success.

    NAWL has been a dynamic organization since before women could vote. Its legacy has been assured by the leadership provided by an unbroken line of strong women leaders. Marsha Anastasia, our immediate past president, is one of the most gifted of these leaders. Although Marsha has a huge job as vice president, deputy general counsel – The Americas for Pitney Bowes, she works unceasingly towards gender equality. She is a visionary extraordinaire, organizer in chief, unabashed promoter of other women and a dear friend. Marsha is the epitome of the leader you look up to and trust as she has worked to make NAWL an even stronger organization.

    And, of course, I have to thank Marsha’s husband, Roger, and their children, Lauren, Eva and Nathan, for graciously sharing Marsha’s time and talents with…

    NAWL News

    Davos makes glacial progress in hike towards gender balanceJane Martinson writes, "Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum (WEF) founder whose headquarters are the chrome and glass of a Bond villain’s lair, introduced this year’s event by saying: 'The world around us is changing at unprecedented speed.' But it seems nothing has changed when it comes to the
    Women know when negotiating isn't worth it Olga Khazan writes, "One of the most common explanations for the gender-wage gap is that women simply don’t ask for higher salaries, while men do. The idea that one should 'always negotiate your salary' is standard college-counselor fare. In a blog post about the gender wage gap, the U.S. Department
    Women and minorities serving on corporate boards are paid less, study findsMadeline Farber writes, "Beyond diversifying their boards, corporations across the United States now have another issue: Paying women and minorities the same as their white male peers. A new study by researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Delaware finds that 'diverse' peopl
    Law firms struggle to hire and keep black womenStephanie Russell-Kraft writes, "During the past decade, law firms have struggled to make even incremental gains in the numbers of minorities and women lawyers in their ranks. But one group has been particularly elusive: women of color — specifically black women. That’s according to a report publi
    Smithsonian hears call for women's museum Graham Bowley writes, "Leading women from politics, the arts and other fields urged President-elect Donald Trump on Monday to support a new national women’s museum in Washington that would be affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. At a meeting in New York to give momentum to the idea, the gro
    Clare Hollingworth, reporter who broke news about start of World War II, dies at 105John Otis writes, "In early 1939, peace activist Clare Hollingworth arrived on the Polish-German border to aid Jews and other refugees fleeing from the Sudetenland, newly annexed by Nazi Germany. On a brief return to her native England, the 27-year-old Hollingworth — who once professed to 'enjoy bei

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    A NAWL membership offers you the opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals and enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

    - Access to career development and CLE programing
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    - Leadership Development
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