If I Could Do It Again, Would I Still Wait to Have Children?

Published in Role / Reboot: Make Sense of Men & Women March 19, 2012
Article by Kate McGuinness

wait to have children?Focused on a demanding career as an attorney and married to a man who refused to become the “default parent,” Kate McGuinness waited too long to have a biological child. So she adopted a son, ended her marriage, and wouldn’t change a thing.

Childless women often view their declining fertility with ambivalence. Jennifer Westfeldt, director and producer of Friends With Kids, recently said, “I kept feeling like I’d wake up with absolute clarity, and I haven’t. And we have a pretty great life together. The chance that we’ll regret it doesn’t seem like a compelling enough reason to do it. I may wake up tomorrow with that lighting bolt, and I’ll have to scramble to make it happen.”

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Women Battle Law Firm Bias

Published in Ms. JD 1/10/2012 and Role / Reboot 11/26/2011

Gender diversity is good for business. As a 2010 McKinsey Global Survey reported, 72 percent of executives “believe there is a direct connection between a company’s gender diversity and its financial success.” The study also noted that companies with the greatest gender diversity had better than average operating results and returns on equity. Yet, despite these monetary benefits and legal prohibitions on sex discrimination, women have yet to make significant inroads in the power structure and profit sharing at BigLaw.

Admittedly, law has been a male-dominated profession for centuries, but females have provided much of the brainpower since the 1980s. Thirty years of acclimatization has done little to convince the old boys who run these clubs that women deserve full membership in proportion to their representation among the worker bee associate class.

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Woman Wins Historic $167 Million Sexual Harassment Award

Published in Fem2pt0 March 5, 2012

RAINNAni Chopourian, a 43–year-old surgeon’s assistant, received a $167.7 million dollar award this week from a California jury for sexual harassment. It is believed to be the largest verdict ever granted to a single victim for sexual harassment in the United States.

The jury allocated $42.7 million as compensation for lost wages and mental anguish. The balance – $125 million – was awarded as “punitive damages,” a device utilized by the legal system to punish defendants for misconduct and deter them from repeating bad behavior.

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