"Forsake the Self or Forsake the Law" : A Study of Women Lawyers and Subtle Gender Inequities in the Legal Profession
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The author uses a survey of twelve women currently practicing law in the Midwest to explore three questions: why are women currently in this unequal position in the practice of law; what are the subtle ways women encounter barriers to success in the practice of law; and most importantly, how do women negotiate their gendered identity in the practice of law? The first section establishes a historical background. The second section addresses gender-related barriers and advantages. The third section discusses ways women lawyers cope and manage the balance between gender and profession.