Books and Blogs for female (and female-friendly) lawyers:
Women Lawyers: Rewriting the Rules
Drawing on interviews with more than 100 female lawyers, most of them graduates of Harvard Law School, attorney Harrington (coauthor of Women of Academe ) presents an absorbing mosaic of the issues impeding advancement of her subjects. Women lawyers, she argues plausibly, "are on dangerous ground," connected to both the male establishment and the majority of women, yet anchored by neither. She describes the professional, legal and social strictures that hamper women at corporate law firms. Her account of the tensions at law schools is interesting but brief, as is her survey of media representation of lawyers. More trenchant are her expositions of father/ daughter roles as they affect a woman lawyer, women's style of dress and the stresses of the competitive litigation ethos. She finds some progress on the periphery--women creating more collegial firms, or publicizing the pressures of law school on their personal lives. A few of her topics deserve further analysis, but Harrington provides much food for thought. - Publisher’s Weekly
Title VII of the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act and state anti-discrimination laws prohibit discrimination in employment based on sex, as well as on race, national origin, and religion. At the same time, sweeping economic and social trends have led to women's entry into the national workforce in vast numbers. Women have gained access to positions formerly barred to them, and the past four decades have witnessed the elevation of women to corporate and professional levels formerly unheard of. Undoubtedly, during this time, discrimination against women in the workplace has abated. But it remains prevalent.
Attorney Raymond F. Gregory addresses the millions of women who think they might be facing sexual discrimination and traces the history of federal measures enacted to assist workers in contesting unlawful employer conduct. He explains how the law works and presents actual court cases to demonstrate the ways that women have challenged their employers. The cases illustrate legal principles in real-life experiences. Many of the cases relate compelling stories of workers caught up in a web of employer discriminatory conduct. Gregory has eliminated legal jargon, ensuring that all concepts are clear to his readers. Individuals will turn to this book again and again to obtain authoritative background on this important topic. – Back cover
The book contains essays by and about women lawyers: stories about women practicing (or choosing not to practice) law, about hitting the glass ceiling, about amazing lawyer-mentors, about professional achievements, about personal and professional hardships, about the stress of juggling multiple roles, about meeting the demands of work and family, about being Superwoman, and about hitting the maternal wall. The essays describe women s satisfactions and their struggles. While it may be harder in heels, the essays are inspiring, observant, introspective, insightful, and wise. Even though the stories revolve around women trained to be lawyers, their stories are relevant to life outside the legal profession and will be lessons for all women professionals. – Product Description
For this new guide, author Phyllis Horn Epstein interviewed over 100 women lawyers of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles in a wide variety of practice settings nationwide to address how women today are meeting the challenges of competing in an often all-consuming profession without sacrificing their desire for a multidimensional life. Women-at-Law provides a wealth of practical guidance and direction from experienced women lawyers who share their life stories and advice to inspire and encourage others by offering solutions to the challenges—personal and professional.
If you are a law student, a practicing lawyer, or simply a woman considering a career in the law, you’ll benefit from the guidance offered in this unique resource. Real-life experiences and shared advice Women-at-Law shares advice and wisdom from women lawyers who, in the last half-century, have in very individual ways confronted obstacles to their self-fulfillment. Some have already achieved national recognition and notoriety, while others are more quietly successful. From their real-life experiences, you’ll learn:How some notable and successful women have taken a "time out" from their career to raise children, move from one city to another, or try an alternative career track-- and made a comeback to succeed – Product Description
If you work nonstop without a break...worry about offending others and back down too easily...explain too much when asked for information....or "poll" your friends and colleagues before making a decision, chances are you have been bypassed for promotions and ignored when you expressed your ideas. Although you may not be aware of it, girlish behaviors such as these are sabotaging your career!
Dr. Lois Frankel reveals why some women roar ahead in their careers while others stagnate. She's spotted a unique set of behaviors--101 in all--that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults. Now, in this groudbreaking guide, she helps you eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back--and offers invaluable coaching tips you can easily incorporate into your social and business skills. If you recognize and change the behaviors that say "girl" not "woman", the results will pay off in carrer opportunites you never thought possible--and in an image that identifies you as someone with the power and know-how to occupy the corner office. – Product Description
Aimed at lawyer-chicks, aspiring lawyer-chicks and even former lawyer-chicks, this handbook to life as a female legal practitioner is based on one image: practicing law is like searching for the perfect pair of shoes (e.g., "Large law firms are the stilettos of law practice"). As even the authors admit, this metaphor quickly grows stale. In fact, their writing is full of hip (and not-so-hip) clichés—but, in between the too-cute prose and tiresome shoe metaphors, there is solid, useful information for women getting acclimated to this "eccentric subculture" and trying to understand "why we tend to be anal-retentive perfectionists and always think we are right." Sherman, Turchiano and Schecter—all members of the sisters-in-law club—explain matters of both substance (what type of firm is right for you?) and style (how to decorate your office; what color suit to wear to a job interview if your hair is blond). They also offer solid advice on the pros and cons of office romance and various types of legal settings (e.g., big firm vs. in-house counsel—but they overlook public-interest law). Many may feel, however, that they can skip the sections on what gift your secretary wants most and the top 10 snacks among legal sisters. This book is way too cute for many readers—but some may find the shoe fits.- Publishers Weekly