Monday, August 13, 2007

We are women and we can do it!

In the famous movie "A League of Their Own" with Tom Hanks, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell women prove that they can conquer baseball too. In the 20th century the women's emancipation movement gathered pace when women started entering fields traditionally reserved for men. In the 70s women could hardly be found in law schools. Now women comprise a majority in many law schools. Although only 32% of the California Bar is women (see recent Diversity Summit of the Los Angeles California Bar Association), it is still a remarkable progress. The billable hour psychodrama of the big firms is perhaps the biggest challenge for women becoming partners. But in other sections of the profession women have arisen in the hierarchy. More and more women become judges, administrators and supervising attorneys. While the glass ceiling for earnings is still lower for women, they have been able to replace men in virtually every field, while men could hardly ever replace women at home. They have done it and have managed to raise children and be good wives. This has happened not only in the West. In other parts of the world where oppression of women is still a painful reality, women have thrown out their submissive posture and have rebelled. They have demanded respect and independence. More and more Islamic women enter the dialogue on culture, religion and gender roles. For more on this see the amazing work of Professor Madhavi Sunder, a world-class scholar on women's rights. Go girl! We are women and we can do it!

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