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Divided Sixth Circuit rules against Planned Parenthood in Ohio funding fight
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: March 18, 2019, 7:46 am
R. Robin McDonald writes in the National Law Journal, "A split en banc ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has cleared the way for Ohio to cut funding to health care groups that provide abortions.
Tuesday’s 11-6 ruling in a case brought by Planned Parenthood in Ohio overturn
How one female executive used LinkedIn to land her first-ever board seat
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: March 18, 2019, 7:44 am
Emma Hinchcliffe writes in Fortune, "Last year, Medidata Solutions realized it had a problem. The pharmaceutical software company had a seven-person board of directors—and all seven were men.
Chairman and CEO Tarek Sherif knew he needed to diversify the group. But as the board began the search for
This new AR app puts women back in the history books
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: March 18, 2019, 7:37 am
Jeff Beer writes in Fast Company, "Open up most elementary and high school history books and you’ll find stories of corruption, triumph, innovation, conflict, and resolution, that all have contributed to make the United States into the country it is today. You’ll also see a lot of dudes.
U.S. Women's Soccer team files gender discrimination suit against U.S. soccer
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: March 18, 2019, 7:32 am
Chris Morris writes in Fortune, "As companies and governments observed International Women’s Day around the world, the U.S. women’s national soccer team has filed a gender discrimination suit against the United States Soccer Federation.
The 28 players on the team accused their employer, which overs
Senator Martha McSally Says Superior Officer in the Air Force Raped Her
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Helena Rogers | Released: March 11, 2019, 12:05 pm
Emily Cochrane and Jennifer Steinhauer write in the New York Times, "She paused to maintain her composure as she spoke. She recalled the attacks, and how her reports of them were handled. The despair, she said, almost made her leave the military.
Federal Judge Hits Trump Agency for 'Illegal' Move to Stop New Pay-Data Rule
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Helena Rogers | Released: March 11, 2019, 12:01 pm
Erin Mulvanet writes in The National Law Journal,The Trump administration’s move to stop an Obama-era regulation aimed at pay transparency was unlawful, and the rule requiring that employers disclose more workforce data should be reinstated, a Washington federal judge said Monday.
Judge Tanya Chutka
Get Yourself a 'Work Wife'
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Helena Rogers | Released: March 11, 2019, 11:55 am
Kristen Bellstrom writes in the Fortune Broadsheet,
"This morning, Fortune published an excerpt from Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, a new book from Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur, the co-founders behind Of a Kind, an e-commerce startup...
Emma Thompson’s letter to Skydance: Why I can’t work for John Lasseter
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: March 4, 2019, 9:51 am
Mary McNamara writes in The Los Angeles Times, "When Skydance Media Chief Executive David Ellison announced this year that he was hiring John Lasseter to head Skydance Animation, many in and outside the company were shocked and deeply unhappy. Only months earlier, Lasseter had ended his relationship
Yelp will now tell you if a business Is 'women-owned'
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: March 4, 2019, 9:42 am
Emma Hinchcliffe writes in Fortune, "Next time you’re browsing Yelp reviews, check out who owns the business. The restaurants and shopping reviews app and website is adding a feature that will tell customers whether a business is women-owned. Businesses owned by women can mark themselves as women-ow
Old Navy's split from Gap is likely to give the Fortune 500 a new female CEO
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: March 4, 2019, 9:39 am
Grace Dobush writes in Fortune, "The Fortune 500 is due to get a new female CEO. Gap Inc. (GPS, -4.27%) announced Thursday that it is spinning off its successful Old Navy brand into its own publicly-traded company. With annual revenue of some $8 billion, Old Navy is likely to land on the Fortune 500
World Bank Women, Business & the Law 2019 Study
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: March 4, 2019, 9:36 am
"At 25 years old, many women are just starting their careers. The decisions they make affect their economic security, career growth and work-life balance. This challenging period is only made more difficult in economies where legal environments do not support a woman’s decision to work. For instance
Research: Men and women need different kinds of networks to succeed
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: March 1, 2019, 11:40 am
Brian Uzzi writes in the Harvard Business Review, "We know that social networks are critical to professional advancement. We also know that men are more likely to rise to leadership positions.
This makes one wonder: Is there a difference between the networks of successful male and female leaders?
'It dropped like a bomb': Emma Thompson's letter could change the face of #MeToo
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: March 1, 2019, 11:33 am
Steven Zeitchik writes in The Washington Post, "Last summer, as former Disney-Pixar chief John Lasseter found himself in a vastly diminished role at the company, he requested a meeting at the agency WME.
Lasseter, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, wasn't a client. He simply wanted to talk
What is the Equal Rights Amendment, and why are we talking about it now?
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Caitlin Kepple | Released: February 25, 2019, 12:09 pm
Maya Salam of The New York Times writes, "Do you understand the Equal Rights Amendment? That’s been my go-to party question lately, and to my surprise, most people don’t politely excuse themselves for a refill when asked.
The most common responses I’ve heard, especially from women my age, were to t
Google eliminating controversial forced arbitration practice
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 22, 2019, 8:39 am
Sara Ashley O'Brien wrties in CNN Business, "Google is eliminating its controversial practice of forced arbitration for employees. The company confirmed to CNN Business that it will no longer require current or future employees to handle complaints against the company through an arbitration forum, i
A seat at the head of the table
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 22, 2019, 8:33 am
Emily Bazelon writes in the New York Times Magazine, "More than 40 years ago, the Harvard business professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter published a pivotal book, “Men and Women of the Corporation.” Kanter showed that the disadvantages women experienced at work couldn’t be attributed to their lack of ambit
New York City to ban discrimination based on hair
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 22, 2019, 7:47 am
Stacey Stowe writes in The New York Times, "Under new guidelines to be released this week by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the targeting of people based on their hair or hairstyle, at work, school or in public spaces, will now be considered racial discrimination.
The change in law a
Gender pay gap grows at hundreds of big firms
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 22, 2019, 7:45 am
Eleanor Lawrie and Clara Guibourg write in BBC News, "The BBC looked at a company's median pay gap - that is the difference in pay between the middle-ranking woman and the middle-ranking man.This is different to unequal pay - paying women less than men for the same work - which is illegal. Big firms
Activist investors fall short on gender parity
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 22, 2019, 7:39 am
Stephen Gandel writes in Bloomberg, "Activist hedge fund managers are too passive when it comes to gender equality.
Of the 143 board members who were nominated by activist hedge funds in 2018, just 19, or 13 percent, were women, according to a new study from Activist Insight. That compares with a
Despite prevention programs, sexual assaults rise at Military academies
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 22, 2019, 7:33 am
Greg Myre writes in NPR, "Congress is keeping watch and the military has introduced prevention programs. Yet sexual assaults at military service academies keep rising. The leaders of those academies got an earful when they testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee on Wednesday.
Amazon, Bank of America and Facebook are under pressure to reveal their median gender pay gap
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 22, 2019, 7:31 am
Jena McGregor writes in the Washington Post, "An activist investor group said Wednesday it is targeting 11 additional financial and tech firms — including Facebook, Google parent Alphabet, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America — urging them in new shareholder proposals to disclose an unfiltered and pro
Former NAWL Board Member to join as Hunter College General Counsel and Dean of Faculty
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 19, 2019, 11:41 am
Former NAWL Board member Carol Robles-Román, who currently serves as Co-President and CEO of the ERA/Coalition Fund for Women's Equality, recently announced that she will join Hunter College as General Counsel and Dean of Faculty. READ MORE>>
Women lawyers have deciding voice at year-old Selendy & Gay
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 15, 2019, 10:11 am
Elizabeth Olson writes in Bloomberg Law, "Working at majority women-owned Selendy & Gay is a “totally different atmosphere” that was shocking for founding partner Faith Gay, who has practiced at law firms for more than three decades, most recently at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
A year ago th
Research: When gender diversity makes firms more productive
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 15, 2019, 10:07 am
Stephen Turban, Dan Wu and Letian (LT) Zhang write in the Harvard Business Review, "The business world has long debated the effect of gender diversity on business outcomes. Does diversity make a company more productive? Many say yes. Some researchers argue that gender diversity leads to more innovat
2018 finally brought record highs In diversity for leading Hollywood roles: study
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 15, 2019, 10:03 am
Marina Fang writes in The Huffington Post, "With two box-office juggernauts led by casts dominated by people of color, 2018 has been lauded as a landmark year for diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. Now, new analysis from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative solid
The six signature traits of inclusive leadership
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 15, 2019, 9:53 am
Juliett Bourke writes in Deloitte Insights, "What will it take to be a great leader in the future? In five years, ten years, even fifteen years?
Say those numbers slightly differently—2020, 2025, or 2030—and your imagination takes you somewhere else entirely. To the realm of science fiction in whic
In letter, DC Circuit pick Neomi Rao expresses regret for past writings on sexual assault
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 15, 2019, 9:49 am
Ellis Kim wrties in The National Law Journal, "Neomi Rao, the White House regulatory czar nominated to fill a federal appeals court seat left vacant by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, apologized in a letter to senators Monday for a controversial column she wrote as a college student on campus sexual assaul
Women increase share of US patents, but only to 12 percent
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 15, 2019, 9:41 am
The share of U.S. patents that include at least one woman as an inventor has tripled over the last 30 years. But even with that increase, women inventors still made up only 12 percent of all inventors on U.S. patents granted in 2016.
Those were a couple of headline findings in a U.S. Patent and Tra
Wilkinson Walsh representing Justin Fairfax as accuser describes alleged assault
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 8, 2019, 8:36 am
Ryan Lovelace writes in The National Law Journal, "With both sides now publicly represented by high-profile Washington, D.C., law firms, Justin Fairfax’s accuser came forward Wednesday with a detailed account of the alleged sexual assault that has become one of a series of scandals to roil Virginia
Another biglaw firm targeted by Harvard law school students over mandatory arbitration agreements
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 8, 2019, 8:32 am
Kathryn Rubino writes in Above the Law, "Biglaw firms that employ mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment have been put on notice — law school student activists are coming for you. Harvard Law student activists, organized as the Pipeline Parity Project, have made it their missi
Don’t let power corrupt you
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 8, 2019, 8:24 am
Dacher Keltner writes in the Harvard Business Review, "In the behavioral research I’ve conducted over the past 20 years, I’ve uncovered a disturbing pattern: While people usually gain power through traits and actions that advance the interests of others, such as empathy, collaboration, openness, fai
Law firm associates can play an important role in diversity effort
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 8, 2019, 8:20 am
Rigel C. Farr writes in The Legal Intelligencer, "It has long been a truth acknowledged by the legal community that substantial work needs to be done to further diversity and inclusion in U.S. law firms, especially in the Philadelphia area. The National Association for Law Placement, Inc.’s (NALP) r
Turning up the volume on women’s voices in the media
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 4, 2019, 10:15 am
Elizabeth Lampert writes in The Recorder, "Women represent a little more than half the global population. There are a lot of clever women in this world, particularly in the legal industry, where in 2016, for the first time, the number of female enrollees surpassed male enrollees at U.S. law schools.
Democratic Congresswomen put forth 'long overdue' legislation demanding fair pay for women
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 1, 2019, 10:25 am
Brittany Shoot writes in Fortune, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined several Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday to announce that they are reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a U.S. House Representative from Connecticut, and Senator Patty Murray, who repres
UAE gender equality awards... are all won by men
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 1, 2019, 10:22 am
Jack Guy writes in CNN, "And the winner is... men. That might sound unlikely at an awards ceremony to promote gender equality, but it's exactly what happened in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the vice-president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, presented prize
Women lawyers deploy tactical maneuvers to handle child care
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 1, 2019, 10:13 am
Angela Morris and Susan DeSantis write in the New York Law Journal, "Dorit Ungar Black, a founding partner of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, calls it the summer of hell. The babysitter was supposed to be waiting for Liam, 5, and Sivan, 3, when the bus brought them home from summer camp. But instead, th
Three more plaintiffs sign on to lawsuit claiming 'mommy track Is a dead end' at MoFo
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 1, 2019, 9:57 am
Ross Todd writes in the National Law Journal, "Three female lawyers who worked at Morrison & Foerster are joining an ongoing lawsuit accusing the firm of gender discrimination, with claims the firm routinely holds back mothers and pregnant women and gives them less pay and promotion opportunities th
Elite law firm’s all-white partner class stirs debate on diversity
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 1, 2019, 9:50 am
Noam Scheiber and John Eligon write in the New York Times, "The post appeared on LinkedIn in early December: Paul, Weiss, one of the country’s most prominent and profitable law firms, said it was “pleased to announce” its new partner class. In the image, 12 lawyers looked out at the world, grinning.
Women argue only a fraction of Supreme Court cases
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 1, 2019, 9:44 am
Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson and Jordan S. Rubin write in Bloomberg Law, "If a lawyer argued a case at the U.S. Supreme Court this term, chances are it was a man. An 85 percent chance, to be exact.
The court is currently at the midpoint of its 2018 term, which runs from October to June. But of the
How a thirteen-year-old girl smashed the gender divide in American high schools
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Asha Smith | Released: February 1, 2019, 9:34 am
Laurie Gwen Shapiro writes in The New Yorker, "Fifty years ago this month, at a time when America was divided on questions of war, race, and gender, Alice de Rivera decided that she was fed up with her lousy high school in New York. She was thirteen, with arching eyebrows that made her look as if sh