African women discussing the progress of their community, Author Mailabari (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)
The following is excerpted from an article in The Hill titled, “Only 10 countries consider women equal – that must change” :
“Discriminatory laws affect every aspect of a woman’s life – from where she lives and works, to when and whom she marries, to whether she can open a bank account, inherit property or apply for a passport [not to mention access the courts, in the event of domestic abuse].
In Senegal the decision of where a married couple lives legally rests with the husband. In Jordan only men can be the legal head of a household and in Mali a woman legally owes obedience to her husband…
[I]t is also true that important legal reforms have been made…
In the last year alone, Vietnam removed all job restrictions for women, Madagascar toughened domestic violence penalties, Suriname introduced paid leave for new parents and New Zealand enhanced laws mandating equal pay for work of equal value…The United Arab Emirates removed some travel and movement restrictions and became the first and only country in the region to offer paid parental leave.”
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 working 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