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.

    President's Message

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    Marsha L. Anastasia
    NAWL President

    Summer 2015

    I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have been selected to lead this one of a kind organization of ours over the next year. Our organization really is “one of a kind!”

    Just look at what we stand for…

    • We’re the ones who empower women in the legal profession.
    • We’re the ones who stand for equal opportunities for women.
    • We’re the ones who challenge the status quo.
    • We’re the ones who have enabled women to go from being denied admission to practice before the courts to being the lead lawyers in “bet-the-company” litigations.

    Here’s a story about just one woman who helped get us here.

    Burnita Shelton Matthews became the President of the National Association of Women Lawyers in 1934.  Born in 1894, she worked during the day and attended school at night.  As a law student, she picketed the White House for the right t…

    NAWL News

    Message from NAWL's Executive DirectorThe New York Times Magazine's weekend profile of Serena Williams highlights a struggle that many women of color face in the legal profession -- after having demonstrated unquestionably her position as the best in professional women's tennis and perhaps even the history of the sport, she still lags...

    Support for diversity grows, but attrition remains a challenge for New York City law firmsFrom New York City Bar, "Despite growing support for diversity and inclusion goals and some noteworthy progress over the past year, New York City law firms continue to experience high rates of attrition among minority and women attorneys, concludes the New York City Bar Association's 2014 Diversity
    How advancing women's equality can add $12 trillion to global growthWoetzel et. al. write, "Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. If women---who account for half the world's working-age population---do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer.
    Women are sexist tooAnne-Marie Slaughter writes, "Like many people, I loved the movie Frozen. When I got to the theme song "Let It Go," sung by one of the movie's two heroines, who has decided to let go of all the suffocating expectations about how a princess should behave and finally use her long-suppressed magic powe
    Women in the workplace 2015From Lean-In and McKinsey & Company, "Women in the Workplace is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The study is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to encourage female leadership and foster gender equality in the workplace. One hu
    8 ways millennial women define successLevo writes, "Millennials see opportunity and build new empires. They transform leading companies and industries from the inside. Millennials imagine then achieve greatness.Leading this pack of transformative innovators are women ages 20 to 37. With over $840 billion in annual spending power and...
    How to fight implicit bias? With conscious thought, diversity expert tells NABEMarilyn Cavicchia writes, "Do you think you're "colorblind?" Gender neutral in your thinking? Unbiased toward sexual orientation, disability, and other differences? If so, then Sharon E. Jones would like you to think again, and to think more often---that is, to deliberately and consciously...

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