Gender equality has certainly taken a backwards step with the election of Donald Trump. A man who has no regard or respect for women. Therefore, it is even more essential that we keep talking about the issue of gender equality until men like Donald Trump finally hear us. Let women break the glass ceiling in the work place and let women earn the same amount as their male peers!
The challenges facing women now are more nuanced. Their membership in the legal profession is not usually questioned, but their role and place within the profession is not exactly clear. In legal settings, women continue to be the ones assigned to administrative tasks when staff is unavailable — women are more often asked to keep the minutes, type the report, file documents, or schedule a matter. Tough litigators are often called derogatory names and told they are too aggressive. Other women are told not to smile in court lest they be considered too soft. Clients sometimes even think a woman is not a real lawyer. Women have to think much more carefully about their clothing, too. Are the heels to high? Is the skirt too short? Is the blouse too tight?