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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.

    President's Message

    Leslie Richards-Yellen

    Leslie Richards-Yellen
    NAWL President

    Spring 2017

    A few months ago, one of my daughters, my sister and ‎I traveled to South Africa. Our guides were determined that we see the "big five"-lion, elephant, rhinoceros, water buffalo and leopard--which is the goal of every safari. The "big five" are very respected by locals, and thus appropriately named, as they are the five animals that, under the right circumstances, could prevail in an encounter with a human being.  

    While one guide drove, the other studied the ground for footprints to see whether one of the "big five" was in the vicinity. From the depth and clarity of the footprints, the guides could discern the type of the animal, whether it was in pursuit of another animal, and its strength. That safari has made me evaluate the contour and depth of NAWL's "impact footprint".

    I am incredibly grateful and humbled when I see daily demonstrations of member engagement, which will eventually lead to fulfillment of our mission of gender equality.  From my vantage point, our distinct footprint evidences our efforts as the national women's bar associa…

    NAWL News

    Unpacking gender bias in advertisingFrom J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, "New joint research from The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University and J. Walter Thompson New York, in collaboration with University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, analyzed more than 2,000 films from the
    Checking in on a groundbreaking master's thesis more than half a century laterJeanie Chung writes, "In 1955, Joan Feitler, AM’55—Joan Elden at the time—wrote a sociology master’s thesis: “The Woman Lawyer: A Report.” She talked to 50 female lawyers in Chicago to conduct the first academic study of women in the legal profession. The study’s two goals were to “obtain a general
    How accusing a powerful man of rape drove a college student to suicideKatie J.M. Baker writes, "Megan Rondini’s friends and family remember her as having an ironclad sense of right and wrong. Her childhood nickname was 'Rules Rondini' because she was such a principled board game player. As an honors student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Megan offered rid
    Justice Ginsburg and the price of equalityLinda Greenhouse writes, "The flood of news in recent days has all but swamped a fascinating Supreme Court decision that deserves more than a footnote to the term now coming to an end. The ruling defied expectatoins in nearly every way that counted and suggests a more complex picture of the Roberts
    Square, Inc. releases diversity and inclusion reportSquare, Inc. released a diversity report last week, detailing rates of minority identity among employees--including sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and more. From the repot: "We’re obviously not the first to share diversity data publicly. Our goal in releasing this report is to
    Why can't your company just fix the gender wage gap?Claire Suddath writes, "At Citigroup Inc.’s annual meeting in New York City in April, after Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat had summarized the company’s activities over the past year—1 million cardholders added! $23.6 billion in climate-change-reducing investments!—Citi Chairman Michael O’Nei

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