Roger Ailes (founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Fox News Channel) has stepped down in the face of a barrage of sexual harassment complaints by female employees. An investigation by parent corporation, 21st Century Fox, in response to a lawsuit by Gretchen Carlson, uncovered at least 20 similar claims, capped by that of star anchor, Megyn Kelly .
Fox has long been known for a frat boys atmosphere, so this is progress.
When I first thought about becoming a lawyer, there were only 3%-4% women in the American legal profession. At the first client gala I ever attended, the senior partner introduced me with the words, “This is the shape lawyers come in now.” At the first golf outing I ever attended, I could not join clients at the bar. It was restricted against women.
Conservatively attired in the most formal business suits I could find, I was in the early days routinely mistaken for witnesses, court reporters, and women from the services responsible for tracking court dates, until I identified myself as the lawyer on a case. I was paid less than my male counterparts, often worked longer hours, but made partner at a time that was still a rare achievement for women.
Mind you, Belva Ann Lockwood (1830-1917) had been the first woman lawyer to argue before the US Supreme Court a full century earlier. Continue reading