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Balancing the scales: A look at gender discrimination in the legal field

Eilene Spear writes, "When you watch Sharon Rowen’s documentary, Balancing the Scales about discrimination against women in the legal profession, you’ll probably laugh out loud at some point. By interviewing legal professionals ranging from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, Roe v Wade attorney Margie Pitts Hames, female equity partners as well as young associates and law students, Rowen shows the multi-faceted and multi-generational nature of discrimination in the legal profession; effectively pointing out where we have been, where we are, and just how far we need to go. 

Rowen created this documentary out of a desire to help spark a national conversation about the state of women in law and leadership roles.  Back in 1994, when Rowen began the project, she says, 'I had seen a number of changes from when I started practicing law in 1979 and in 1994 I really believed, along with everyone else around me, that change was going to keep happening, and then it didn’t happen, and it didn’t happen that way, into the leadership ranks.' The project evolved into less of an oral history of how things were for women pioneers in law, but more of an examination of cultural stereotypes of women and leaders-- and history’s habit of not always moving forward in an easy to follow, linear progression."


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