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    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

    Leslie Richards-Yellen

    Leslie Richards-Yellen
    NAWL President

    Spring 2017

    A few months ago, one of my daughters, my sister and ‎I traveled to South Africa. Our guides were determined that we see the "big five"-lion, elephant, rhinoceros, water buffalo and leopard--which is the goal of every safari. The "big five" are very respected by locals, and thus appropriately named, as they are the five animals that, under the right circumstances, could prevail in an encounter with a human being.  

    While one guide drove, the other studied the ground for footprints to see whether one of the "big five" was in the vicinity. From the depth and clarity of the footprints, the guides could discern the type of the animal, whether it was in pursuit of another animal, and its strength. That safari has made me evaluate the contour and depth of NAWL's "impact footprint".

    I am incredibly grateful and humbled when I see daily demonstrations of member engagement, which will eventually lead to fulfillment of our mission of gender equality.  From my vantage point, our distinct footprint evidences our efforts as the national women's bar associa…

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    Why sexual harassment is more of a problem in venture capitalJoan C. Williams writes, "The only thing that surprises me about the recent furor over sexual harassment by Silicon Valley venture capitalists is that people are surprised. We have been watching these stories go viral for a long time. When I give speeches in Silicon Valley about gender bias, I can’t
    New research: how leading with equality and values impacts your businessFrom Salesforce, "Increasingly, customers and employees expect companies — and their leaders — to stand for more than just the bottom line. More and more social advocacy, a commitment to equality, and giving back are defining successful brands. To learn more about these evolving expectations, Salesf
    Andy Murray had the best response to a reporter's 'casual sexism'Brad Esposito writes, "British tennis player and world number one Andy Murray bowed out of Wimbledon, the tournament he won last year, in the wuarter finals on Wednesday. However, it's Murray's statements in the post-match press conference that are now attracting the most attention. The 30-year-old
    Trump intervenes to grant rejected Afghan girls entry to U.S. for robotics contestNahal Toosi writes, "At the urging of President Donald Trump, U.S. officials have reversed course and decided to allow into the United States a group of Afghan girls hoping to participate in an international robotics competition next week, senior administration officials told POLITICO on Wednesday.
    60% of women want employers to stop asking about salary historyLisa Fu writes, "Do you dread the moment when a potential employer asks about your previous salary in a job interview or salary negotiation? If so, you're not alone: More than half of Americans think companies should quit asking the question.According to a new survey from Glassdoor, a jobs and rec
    European court of human rights upholds Belgium's ban on full-face veilsColin Dwyer writes. "The European Court of Human Rights announced Tuesday that it has upheld a Belgian ban on wearing the full-face veil in public. The law, passed nationwide in June 2011, had come under fire for allegedly violating a series of protections set out by the European Convention on Human

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