Historical Perspective on Women's Rights and Women in the Law
No doubt about it, law has been a difficult profession for women -- and it still is. But to appreciate how far we've come, as well as how far we still need to go, take a look at the career of Marcia D. Greenberger, Esq., the founder and co-president of the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and a critical player (along with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and other) in civil rights protections for women.
Greenberger was profiled by David O'Boyle in the D.C. Bar Association's Legends in the Law series. She earned her college degree from University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Penn Law School and her recollections about her legal career -- in particular the additional challenges she faced as a woman law student and then attorney -- will be, in some cases, disturbingly familiar for many women lawyers.
The profile also covers key career development themes like the importance of building a family and professional support network -- including gaining a mentor and banding together with similarly situated attorneys -- so that you can persevere.
Read David O'Boyle's "Legends in the Law: A Conversation with Marcia D. Greenberger" in the D.C. Bar Association's Washington Lawyer magazine.