Perspectives: A Magazine for and about Women Lawyers
Perspectives - A Magazine for and About Women LawyersThe Political Pillorying of Pantsuits
The Media's Gender Bias in the 2008 Presidential Campaign

Winter 2009
Vol. 17, No. 3
The Political Pillorying of Pantsuits:
The Media's Gender Bias in the 2008 Presidential Campaign

by Ann Farmer
Former presidential candidate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–NY) and former vice presidential nominee Governor Sarah Palin (R–AK) may stand on opposite sides of the electorate, but they shared some common ground during the 2008 presidential race. Both experienced a fair amount of gender bias and sexism throughout the campaign. Their looks, laughs, handclaps, hairstyles, pantsuits, sex appeal, ambition, tenacity—you name it—became fodder for all corners of the media establishment. The criticisms leveled at them from correspondents, reporters, pundits, and bloggers ranged from the usual assortment of clichés and stereotypes of women politicians to disrespectful, personal, and misogynistic comments. ( continue reading)

Collaboration Is Key:
How Women Help Women Succeed
by Hope Viner Samborn
When a young associate submitted her resignation to Wendy Krincek, managing shareholder of the Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, offices of Littler Mendelson, P.C., she refused to accept it. Instead, Krincek, the mother of a two- and four-year-old, suggested they find a work arrangement benefiting the associate and the firm. ( continue reading)

The AutoAdmit Scandal and Legal Remedies for Online Victimization
by Kathryn E. Swisher
On March 7, 2007, the Washington Post ran a front-page article featuring interviews with three women—students at Yale Law School. These women, speaking on the condition of anonymity, described demeaning, defamatory, and misogynistic comments posted about them by members of AutoAdmit's online law school discussion board, which bills itself as "the most prestigious law school discussion board in the world." Three months later, two of these women filed a civil action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut against their pseudonymous attackers. ( continue reading)

Careers: Lawyer for Hire:
Freelance Contractors Change the Marketplace
by Hannah Hayes
From a remote cabin in Alaska, Kimberly Alderman hauls her own water and relies on her off-road ATV to get around until spring. But thanks to a satellite Internet connection, a solar panel generator, and her LexisNexis account, the Howard Law School graduate solicits a steady stream of work from her Web site while working in her paperless office. ( continue reading)

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