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Women's History Month: A Roundup of FindLaw's Best Blogs

By William Peacock, Esq. on March 28, 2014 10:04 AM

Women's History Month is coming to a close, and if you've failed to take a few moments aside to observe the month-long celebration, we've got you covered.

Over the last few weeks, FindLaw's Consumer and Legal Professional blogs have discussed common legal problems that ladies face, celebrated a pioneer in combatting sexual harassment, and written a litany of posts on the advancement of women in the legal profession. And, of course, there was the wardrobe discussion.

Here's a sampling of how FindLaw's blogs focused on women this month:

For Consumers

  • 5 Legal Issues for Women: Where to Turn for Help: From divorce and custody, to domestic violence, to potential problems in the workplace, we discussed five legal issues women grapple with regularly, and provide resources for those in need of help.
  • Anita Hill Documentary Opens: Where Is She Now?: Anita Hill? You might remember she once accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. She did more than that, however. Her testimony before Congress made the problem of sexual harassment part of the national conversation and led to Congress passing sexual harassment laws to protect victims. Where is she now? Read our concise blog post to find out.
  • 5 Legal Issues Single Parents Commonly Face: While there are single parents of both genders, we'd venture a guess that single mothers make up the majority of the lot. From rebellious teens to adoption, FindLaw's Law and Daily Life provided tips for dealing with five common issues.

For Legal Professionals

  • Women's Advancement in BigLaw Not Progressing, Reports NAWL: Women may be flocking to law school, but few of them are making it in BigLaw. A survey by the National Association of Women Lawyers shows little progress in terns of partnership, pay, and hiring since the survey began in 2006.
  • Women GCs Leading Fortune 500 Companies on the Rise: The ladies may not be making progress in BigLaw, but they are snagging an increasing percentage of Fortune 500 general counsel spots. Mary Ann Hynes became the first Fortune 500 GC in 1979. Today, 21 percent of these legal departments are led by a lady.
  • To Ban Bossy or Not to Ban Bossy: That Is the Question: Ban bossy? It may sound like an odd campaign, but the Lean In Foundation argues that the "B-word" is used to teach young girls not to lead: Boys are called "leaders," while girls are called "bossy." Our blogger reminded us that "bitchy" is the adult version of "bossy," and encouraged firms to empower women by allowing them to take on leadership roles.
  • How to Give Advice, and Not Belittle, Women Attorneys: The topic of the week, in the legal blogosphere, is court-appropriate attire. After a female Loyola Law School official handed out a condescending memo about how to dress, our blogger agreed that yes, dressing professionally is important, but no, you don't have to be a condescending jerk about it.
  • Blogging Judge is Back, and He Just Made a Lot of Women Angry: And then a blogging judge chimed in, calling himself a "dirty old man" while arguing that women should dress conservatively for court to avoid both the lecherous eyes of men, and the judging eyes of women. His hyperbolic article made a lot of ladies angry, but also made this great point: "It is not about you. That goes double when you are appearing in front of a jury."

Though Women's History Month may be winding down, FindLaw's blogs remain committed to covering women's issues throughout the year. Have any topics you'd like us to address? Send us a tweet at @FindLawConsumer or @FindLawLP.

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