Thursday, March 3, 2011

This is What Equality Looks Like

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts recently brought a lively contingent of Girl Scouts to attend a conference hosted by the Harvard Women’s Law Association at Harvard Law School, titled “This is What Equality Looks Like: The World We Want for Women and Girls”. The very compelling conference challenged the audience and invoked excitement as young women face a rapidly changing world. It focused on the imperative to think about how the next generation of women will be educated and nurtured.
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Connie L. Lindsey, National Girl Scout USA President presented as part of a “Equality For Girls” panel discussion at the Harvard Women's Law Association Conference. More than 20 local Girl Scouts had the chance to meet Lindsey and hear the compelling panel discussion. The panel focused on efforts to eliminate gender discrimination in the schools and on the streets for girls around the world as the best way to positively affect change. Other members of the panel discussion included: Amara Kreinin, Executive Director, Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation, Louise Melling, Director of the Center for Liberty American Civil Liberties Union, and Ann Wilkinson, My Life My Choice.
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“It’s empowering for our girls to meet strong, successful role models who can speak to the many facets of equality for girls” explained Ruth N. Bramson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, who was also in attendance. “This conference really supports the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. I want to thank the Women’s Law Association for hosting us for such an eye- opening experience and giving our Girl Scouts an opportunity to be a part of the dialogue” said Bramson.
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It's reported that after years of placing women on a different partnership track, paying them less than their male peers and banning them from leadership roles, law firms are enacting programs to retain talented women. In fact, career experts named law as one of top five most lucrative careers for women in a recent Payscale article, noting that women seeking partnership have more options as law firms grow more flexible.
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Generous paid maternity leaves, greater leadership roles and more flexible work arrangements, including part-time and telecommuting, are a few current legal workplace trends that benefit women, especially those with young children. In addition to more women-friendly opportunities in BigLaw, women are also finding opportunities in small law firms, corporate legal departments, legal aid and the government.
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Do you know any girls interested in legal careers?