In 2001, The New York Times interviewed 21 female attorneys at Debevoise & Plimpton. Seventeen women were incoming first-year associates, two women were from the 1991 class of associates (three of 24 women remained), and two others were from the 1981 class of associates (only two of the original 13 remained). The women spoke of their "great expectations" -- whether they expected to make partner, and gender differences in the workplace.
Fast-forward 12 years later, and The New York Times caught up with some of the women interviewed in 2001. The result is an Op-Doc (the NYT's abbreviation for "opinionated documentary") called "Great Expectations for Female Lawyers," which features some of the women originally highlighted in the 2001 article. As they reflect on their answers, you can see that some have a bit of regret, or perhaps nostalgia for long-gone naiveté. As someone who entered BigLaw in New York City around the same time (2000), I found this piece especially moving, and a necessary watch for any female BigLaw associate.
Take five minutes to stop billing -- and watch -- but if you can't for now, here are my favorite take-aways. It all comes down to the choices you make.