“The More Things Change” – Interview with Author Kate McGuinness

Girls Guide to Law School

Kate McGuinness was interviewed about being a pioneer woman in a corporate law firm.

The More Things Change…

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 BY

No girls!Today’s interview is with Kate McGuinness, who joined the legal profession in the 1970s, when things looked quite different than they do today. Once a BigLaw partner and now a writer and women’s rights activist, she’s got fascinating stories to tell about what’s changed, and, sadly, how much hasn’t changed as fast as she’d hoped.

Take it away!


Alison: There are a lot more women in the legal profession today than there were when you graduated from law school. At the same time, the number of women in positions of real power in the legal profession remains stubbornly low. In your experience, how have things changed for women lawyers? What’s stayed the same? What, if anything, has surprised you about the pace of change?

Kate: I started practicing law in 1977, when female lawyers in practices other than trusts and estates were somewhat of a novelty at BigLaw. Click to continue reading ““The More Things Change” – Interview with Author Kate McGuinness”

Neither Parent Nor Friend

By Kate McGuinness
Published in Role/Reboot

February 22, 2012

From personal experience, Kate McGuinness shares advice—and warnings—with a friend who recently became a step mother.

Recently, I attended the wedding of a friend who was marrying a man with two children from a prior marriage. Like one-third of all marriages in the United States today, this one would form a stepfamily.

Before my friend accepted the groom’s proposal, she had asked about my experiences as a stepmother. I’ve played that role twice, each time marrying a newly-divorced man with two sons. And, no, I wasn’t the home-wrecker. I didn’t know either of them before the decision to split had been made, but the assumption that the stepmother was to blame is common.

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