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.

    NAWL Announces Its 2018-2019 Board of Directors

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    NAWL Comments in Recent Washington Post Article

    Immediate Past President Angela Beranek Brandt commented on behalf of NAWL in a recent Washington Post article focused on sexism and gender equity in the courtroom.

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    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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    NAWL News

    From the YL Board: The real issues that prevent gender equity in the lawThe YL Board writes: "Women have made up more than 40 percent of law school students since 1985, and nearly half since 2000. Today, more graduating law school students are women than men. There are plenty of women lawyers, and there have been for decades, so why are relatively few making it to the t
    Many of the best Wall Street jobs for women aren't on Wall StreetLiz McCormick and John Gittelsohn write, "Women who want to manage money seem to be having better luck doing it someplace other than Wall Street.U.S. firms with the highest share of female portfolio managers are located thousands of miles from Manhattan, according to new Morningstar Inc. research.
    Justin Trudeau finally weighs in on the Canada-Saudi Arabia rift over women's rightsNatasha Bach writes, "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t be scared off that easily.Less than a week after a comment by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland sparked a diplomatic dispute with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Trudeau publicly commented on the escalation.When reporters at a news
    Law firms need to make structural changes to keep women from leaving, panel saysThe ABA writes, "American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass’ initiative Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law focused on the unique issues and career dynamics facing women lawyers in practice for more than 20 years, and explored the reasons for their disproportionately high rate of attri
    The bamboo glass ceilingTiffany Diane Tso writes, "Asian American women face particular challenges in the workplace. And they’re not getting the attention they need.A woman in marketing says she finds herself toning down her assertive personality around white male colleagues. Another, a photographer, says she’s never ass
    Letter to the editor: Cris Arguedas on 'what it takes to be a trial lawyer if you're not a man'Cris Arguedas writes, "Lara Bazelon’s recent article in The Atlantic, “What It Takes to Be a Trial Lawyer If You’re Not a Man,” relies on false premises to reach mistaken conclusions that, if accepted, might lead a reader to believe that women cannot be as effective courtroom lawyers as men. Bazelon

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