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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    July 17-18, 2019 | Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon | New York, NY
    November 7 - 8, 2019 | Fifteenth General Counsel Institute | New York, NY
    March 11-12, 2020 | Mid-Year Meeting | Chicago, IL

    President's Message


    Sarretta C. McDonough
    NAWL President

    A Message From NAWL's 2018-2019 President

    I am honored to serve as NAWL’s President for the coming year.

    In 1899, the hurdles facing equality for women, much less equality for women lawyers in their chosen profession, must have looked insurmountable. Women could not vote; most women did not have access to education; those who had access had very confined and limited options for work—for most, the only real career option was marriage and motherhood. Beyond these practical limitations, society resisted change to traditional gender roles. Amazing then, that even in the face of these realities, a group of women lawyers refused to accept the status quo and had the vision and determination to effect change.

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    Elizabeth Warren on valuing black womenElizabeth Warren writes in Essence, "This week thousands of Black women from around the world will meet in New Orleans for a week of entertainment, empowerment, and community. For 25 years, Essence Fest has been a great party with a purpose and I am deeply grateful for the chance to share my story a
    Stadium erupts In ‘Equal Pay’ Chants as U.S. wins 2019 World CupRebecca Shapiro and Samantha Tomaszewski write in The Huffington Post, "FIFA President Gianni Infantino was met on Sunday with deafening chants from fans calling for equal pay following the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s World Cup victory.  The United States beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the t
    USWNT vs. England score: Alex Morgan scores winner, Alyssa Naeher saves penalty as USA advances to World Cup finalRoger Gonzalez writes in Fortune, "The United States women's national team became the first team to reach three consecutive Women's World Cup finals by securing a gritty 2-1 victory over England in the semifinals on Tuesday. Alex Morgan scored the winner, Megan Rapinoe missed the game due to a repor
    Big business to Supreme Court: Defend LGBTQ people from biasDavid Crary writes in Fortune, "More than 200 corporations, including many of America' best-known companies, have signed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.Th
    When AOC met Greta Thunberg: The broadsheetEmma Hinchcliffee writes in Fortune, "When AOC met Greta. Our youngest-ever congresswoman, and one of the most powerful young activists making waves today—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and climate activist Greta Thunberg—have a lot in common.In a conversation in The Guardian, the duo interviewed e
    Report: The gender gap at the top"Much has been said in recent years about the lack of women at the top of corporate America. Despite the introduction of programs and initiatives designed to move women up, the reality is that the CEO and C-suite numbers—and in the pipeline—are stagnant. And they are even worse for multicultural wom




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