Did anyone else go see Wonder Woman this summer? The superhero biopic has broken records and glass ceilings all over the place, making it the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman, the highest-grossing opening weekend from a female director, the highest-grossing woman-led superhero film, the first Marvel or DC Comics film directed by a woman, and the biggest domestic earnings for a DC Comics film (take that, Batman and Superman!) Records aside, I was totally smitten with the film. I walked out of that movie theatre bubbling with energy, feeling inspired and ready to take on the world. My husband described me as “amped up.”
Wonder Woman’s creator, Dr. William Marston, once described Wonder Woman as “psychological propaganda for the type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.”
A recent Forbes article by Kathy Caprino discussed gender bias on display with regard to the repeated interruptions, and characterization of dogged questioning of then-nominee Attorney General Jeff Sessions by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as “hysterical.” The
point of the Caprino article was the need to change our differing perceptions, reactions, and inherent or explicit bias that occurs when women and men behave in the same manner. She challenges readers to "Flip It To Test It" (#FlipItToTestIt), which is an excellent method of raising awareness of personal biases. She also notes that many women are punished, reprimanded, and even scolded, by men and women when they conduct themselves in the same way a man does. But, she advises that women “cannot stop or change their behavior to avoid it. They need to continue speaking up and advocating with self-assuredness and authority, in order for the world to change.”
While I do not personally disagree with the need to develop change in judgments and attitudes, I found Caprino’s encouragement to speak “forcefully,” curious in light of the study she cites in the same article:
A new study by New York Times bestselling authors, Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield revealed that gender bias in the workplace is real, finding that women’s perceived competency drops by 35% and their perceived worth falls by $15,088 when they are judged as being "forceful" or "assertive." Compare this with the drops in competency and worth that men experience when being judged as forceful: their competency drops by 22% and their worth falls by $6,547. This significant difference reveals a true gender bias that prohibits women from succeeding fully in leadership and management roles where assertiveness is, of course, a crucial behavior.
No one really needed to tell the women attorneys at Constangy that they were #1 in the best law firms for female attorneys, but it is nice to get public recognition like we did today in Law360.
Women make up more than 40 percent of law school classes, but comprise only about 35 percent of attorneys in private practice, and only 23 percent of partners. Law360’s 2017 Glass Ceiling ...
The Florida Bar has taken steps to recognize parental leave as a valid reason for a continuance of trials and significant court activity for lead attorneys in cases—including both women and men attorneys. Recently, the Florida Bar Board of Governors voted unanimously to recommend a new Rule of Judicial Procedure to allow lead attorneys to obtain a three-month continuance for ...
Mark and Michelle are hired at the same time, by the same law firm in the same city, to do the same job. They are both third-year associate attorneys; they went to the same law school; they graduated with the same GPA; and they have the same skill set and job experience. Now, let’s assume the law firm, their new employer, offers them two different salaries. Mark is offered $10,000 a ...
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This annual campaign aims to raise awareness for mental illnesses and break the stigma associated with mental health issues. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental illness in their lifetime, and every American is affected through friends and family who have mental illnesses.
Thus, it ...
In the last two weeks, I posted Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series which discussed what women want from the workplace, why many women are leaving the workforce when it does not accommodate their need for flexibility, the desire for businesses to recruit women, and developing business trends and needs requiring flexibility. This final blog will discuss how the Fair Labor ...
Last week we published Part 1 of How the FLSA Hurts Women which discussed what women want from the workplace, and some reasons why they are leaving the workforce when it does not accommodate their work-life balance needs. In this part, we will be discussing business trends and business needs in general. Part 3 will discuss how the FLSA works against businesses' being able to provide women with attractive work options, thus hurting women and businesses.
Our politicians regularly debate how high the minimum wage should be, and which workers should earn overtime pay, but in my 30+ working years, I cannot recall any significant push to rid ourselves of the nearly untouchable dinosaur known as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Women in particular, however, should take a fresh look ...
What do the following have in common?
- Americans who can drive a stick shift;
- Female equity partners in AmLaw 200;
- Projected sales growth for smartwatches in 2017;
- Americans who have seen a ghost.
In 2016, women made up 18% of the female equity partners in the AmLaw 200. Am I happy with that statistic? Eh, no. (But I'm pretty excited that 18% of Americans claim to have seen a ghost ...
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