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    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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    President's Message

    Leslie Richards-Yellen

    Leslie Richards-Yellen
    NAWL President

    Winter 2017

    2017 is a brand new year, bright with possibility. Each New Year provides a perfect backdrop for self-reflection.

    A few years ago during NAWL’s Annual Meeting, a panel I participated in created a pledge. The pledge was inspired by a desire to transform the panelists’ material from inert bullet points into an action plan. Each woman who signed the pledge promised over the course of the year to use her best efforts to assist in the career development of another woman. At the next Annual Meeting, each woman would perform a self-audit to gauge whether she had fulfilled her commitment. If each woman did her part, during the span of one year, the careers of many women would be enhanced.

    As I think of that pledge each year, the spirit of the pledge compels me to take stock of my actions to promote other women over the course of the past year. Did I:

    • Go out of my way to promote another woman’s career without the expectation that she would do the same thing for me?
    • Assist in advancing the career of one woman who doesn’t look like me?
    • Accept responsibility and try to make amends…

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    Tokyo Olympic golf course must give female members equal rights or lose event, says IOCJustin McCurry writes, "The venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf tournament could have the event taken away unless it grants equal playing rights to female members, the International Committee (IOC) has warned.Kasumigaseki Country Club, a private golf course in Saitama prefecture, north-west of T
    Moonlight editor Joi McMillon on making movies & history Sesali Bowen writes, "The Oscars are nearly upon us again. To say the energy around Hollywood’s prom feels different this year would be an understatement. After coming under intense scrutiny for their blatant lack of diversity, the Academy Awards made some changes to their membership that appear to
    Everyone likes flex time, but we punish women who use itDavid Burkus writes, "Offering flexible workplace schedules seems like a no-brainer. Work has become more flexible — tied less to specific times and places — and gender roles have changed. Letting employees shift their hours to accommodate hectic life schedules makes sense. Surveys show that flex ti
    Time for a new gender-equality playbookFrom McKinsey & Company: "More than 75 percent of CEOs include gender equality in their top ten business priorities, but gender outcomes across the largest companies are not changing. Our research indicates, for example, that corporate America promotes men at 30 percent higher rates than women durin
    This woman was the Navy's "hidden figure" Suzannah Weiss writes, "Soon after Hidden Figures was acknowledged with three Oscar nominations, a woman named Raye Montague spoke with Good Morning America about her own experience as a 'hidden figure' in the Navy, Yahoo reports. 'I'm known as the first person to design a ship using the
    Uber CEO apologizes for company culture after harassment claimsEric Newcomer writes, "At a meeting open to all Uber Technologies Inc. employees on Tuesday, Travis Kalanick apologized for cultural failings at his company after a former employee alleged she was harassed and discriminated against while working there. Alongside board member Arianna Huffington and

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