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Change Won’t Happen If Women Remain Anonymous


Even dissenting on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg knew how to make her voice count.  From time to time, Ginsburg took the unusual step of reading important dissents from the bench.  And for added oomph, she accessorized with a special collar for the occasion.  Ginsburg also recognized the power of attaching a name to an opinion. In her 1990 Remarks on Writing Separately, Ginsburg observed:
 
There is security in anonymity.... But the judge who works under an anonymity cloak "has nothing like the prominence of the common law judge." Judges nameless to the public who write stylized judgments do not command the moral force judges in the United States sometimes demonstrate.
 
 
But sadly, many women for whatever reason don’t use their voice.  They speak up less in court than men, and less at virtual meetings.  And when women speak online, it’s more likely to be in a private, women-only Facebook group than publicly blogging.  At law firms, women are less likely to take credit for their work.
 
At the Lawyer Mom Owner Summit, we’re elevating and amplifying the voices of more than two dozen women with powerful opinions and perspectives and stories to share.  For every voice, there’s a name and a woman who’s ready to stand up and be counted.  Even when the topics are uncomfortable, or the conversations are difficult or we put ourselves at risk.  Anonymity offers security. But speaking up commands moral force and builds legacy.  Just as Justice Ginsburg showed by example.
 
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Here’s a round-up on stories about women speaking up and dissenting.

 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Dissent [Forbes, 9/2020]
 
45 Percent of Women Business Leaders Say It’s Difficult for Women to Speak Up in Virtual Meetings. [CNBC - Sept. 2020]
 
Strategies for Speaking Up on the Job [Well + Good, 8/2020]
 
A Century After Women Gain Right To Vote, Majority of Americans Still Seem Work to Do on Gender Inequality [Pew Social Trends, 7/2020]
 
Why Women Speak Up Less Than Men [Market Watch 2018]
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