Sunday, July 19, 2009
Here are two commentaries about the esteemed nominee that I feel are worthy of sharing.
The first compares Sotomayor's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee with that of Anita Hill, testifying in the Clarence Thomas hearings almost two decades ago. It is Jill Abramson's op-ed contribution, "Women on the Verge of Law."
The second is about the irony of identity politics in the confirmation hearings this past week.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Here is a link to the former, and here is a link to the latter.
Here is an excerpt from the former, which appeared in the New York Times:
Now and again, friends persuade Judge Sotomayor, 55, whose workweeks stretch seven days, to try a blind date. But she acknowledges loneliness as a frequent companion. “There are many friends who have known me for most of my adult life; what they know is that the professional success I had achieved before Peter did nothing to bring me genuine happiness,” she said of her fiancé, Peter White, at her 1998 induction to the United States Court of Appeals. Ms. Sotomayor and Mr. White split two years later.Here is an excerpt from the latter, which appeared in Young Lawyers Blog:
According to a publication from an ongoing study called After the JD, comparisons between the 2000 Census and a study of young lawyers conducted in 2004 show that young women lawyers aren’t as likely to be married and definitely aren’t as likely to be mommies as their non-lawyer peers. According to the 2000 Census, 59% of women ages 27-32 are married. Among female lawyers ages 27-32, 47% are married. That somewhat smaller percentage comes with a plus – only 7% of the female lawyers in that age group are divorced compared with 12% of the general female population at that age.Since these items appeared, Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, has gotten a lot of attention for these comments:
“There's no such thing as work-life balance .... There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences."
Welch said women who take time off can still "have a nice career," but their chances of reaching the top are smaller, according to the Wall Street Journal account. "We'd love to have more women moving up faster," he said. "But they've got to make the tough choices and know the consequences of each one."
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
The issue I want to take up today, however, is not that of tricky choices, or over- or under-involved parenting, questions that have already been discussed with much gusto elsewhere. What really sent my head spinning after reading Kevane’s story was the degree to which it drove home the fact that our country’s resentment, and even hatred, of well-educated, apparently affluent women is spiraling out of control.Read the whole column and see what you think of what Kevane did--and whether it should have been punished with jail time.
A story in the ABA Journal online today says women lawyers too often act like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz by failing to ask for something. Dorothy failed to ask the Wizard for something for herself, and today's women lawyers fail to ask for credit, reward, or recognition. The story quotes a blot post by Patricia Gillette, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, who gives this advice.
[W]omen need to take a more active role in managing and advancing their careers, in part by courting clients, socializing with firm leaders, touting their capabilities and pressuring firms to expand leadership opportunities for women.Generally good advice, but I think it's easier said than done and self-promoting women can be judged pretty harshly for such behavior. Somehow, its just not as "becoming a lady." Plus, why do women have to ask for credit or recognition? Shouldn't those in a position to give the recognition do so without it being sought? Do men have to seek or demand such recognition?
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The subject is one for all of us who are or will become mothers : "Scaling Back Career for Baby."
Of course, it should also be an issue for all who become fathers ...
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
In these marriages, spouses typically share the daily jobs of running a household, with both employed in paying jobs and both contributing equally to home production.What kind of marriage or committed relationship are you in?
By contrast, more traditional marriages are described by economists as “production-based” or “separate-spheres” marriages. In production-based marriages, couples benefit from dividing and conquering. One person specializes in market production, while the other specializes in raising the children and work in the home.
Stevenson suggests that the former are more stable. Hmmmm.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
When President Obama talks up the family-friendly vibe at the White House — the nightly family dinners, the flexibility to attend school presentations and join impromptu plunges in the pool with his girls — his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, sets him straight. “Family friendly to your family,” Mr. Emanuel counters.The story goes on to document the struggles of many White House staffers to spend time with their kids, many of them quite young. A few aids have even left for less demanding jobs. I am relieved to see that many male parents are featured in this story, and that it is not only the female aids who are struggling to do both.* * *
“No matter how much the president tries — and he and Michelle try, they do — the White House is brutal on family life,” said Mr. Emanuel, who has struggled to make time for his wife and three children since they moved here from Chicago.