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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    Where women-led companies’ benefits programs fall shortLisa Schiffman writes in the Harvard Business Review, "Research shows there is a strong link between treating your employees well and top-line revenue performance, but a recent survey of female entrepreneurs shows that women-led companies around the world aren’t offering the progressive benefits pro
    America’s job listings have gone off the deep endAmanda Mull writes in The Atlantic, "Are you a code sensei? A customer-service rock star? Do you have a passion for sales? Will you devote your life to conference calls, leaving your family and friends behind while you camp out under your desk, ready to dial in at any time?If the answer to all th
    How to freeze your salary: Get pregnantClaire Suddath writes in Bloomberg Businessweek, "Nilab Tolton had been working as an associate at the ­international litigation firm Jones Day for five years when she learned she was pregnant. Looking back, Tolton says she knew but also didn’t know—at least not in a conscious, articulable kind of w
    NAWL President Sarretta McDonough speaks at Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession "At last week's Gender Diversity program in London Bendita Cynthia Malakia, Esq., CPC, ELI-MP (far right) moderates a panel on Gender Diversity Strategies Creating Change featuring (from right to left) Jill Cruz, PhD, CPC, GCDF, SPHR, Sarretta McDonough, and Christina Blacklaws." READ MORE>>
    NAWL Board member Concepcion Montoya recognized by Lawyers of ColorREAD MORE>>
    Three ways to turn student members into professional membersAmanda Myers writes in The Center for Association Leadership, "Nearly 4 million higher-education degrees were awarded this graduation season, and now many students will enter the job market for the first time. Some may consider membership in a professional association—and some, in fact, are already




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