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Women Leading the Way

Learn more about trailblazing women, especially those in the legal profession, in US history. View short bios and see highlights of women recently honored by the various ABA Goal III Entities, including activists, judges, and other trailblazers.

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Webinar | America’s 250th Anniversary and the Contributions of Women: Past, Present and Future

A Special Women’s History Month Program “America’s 250th Anniversary and the Contributions of Women: Past, Present and Future” featuring Rosie Rios, chair for the United States Semiquincentennial Commission and former Treasurer of the United States in conversation with Frédérique Irwin, President and CEO, National Women’s History Museum.

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21 Day Grit & Growth Mindset Challenge

We invite you to participate in a 21 day challenge composed of short daily activities that will help you to build your knowledge of these concepts and acquire tools to develop grit and a growth mindset-orientation.

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What is Women's History Month?

The practice of dedicating a date/dates to recognizing women's history and labor goes back as far as 1909. Learn more about the origins of Women's History Month in the United States and internationally from the United Nations' page on International Women's Day.

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International Women's Day Statement of ABA President Mary Smith

March 8, 2024 – The American Bar Association joins with the world community today to celebrate International Women's Day, which recognizes the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women and commits to the acceleration towards true equality for all women and girls.

Women's History Month Statement of ABA President Mary Smith

March 10, 2023 — The American Bar Association proudly celebrates National Women’s History Month this March, recognizing the vital contributions of women who have played pivotal roles in our nation’s history and the legal profession. We stand on the shoulders of trailblazers like Margaret Brent, the first woman to practice law in colonial America; Arabella Mansfield, the first woman lawyer in the United States; and Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Sonia Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first woman, the first Hispanic woman and the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, respectively. Their legacies inspire our ongoing commitment to gender equity and justice.

Commission on Women in the Profession


The mission of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession is to secure full and equal participation of women in the ABA, the profession and the justice system.

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The Commission serves as a clearinghouse of information relevant to women lawyers, including statistics, articles, reports, research, and organizations.

Multimedia Library

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Get a fresh, innovative angle on the issues that are important and relevant to women in the legal profession by subscribing to Perspectives, the magazine for and about women lawyers. ABA women members can receive Perspectives in an electronic format at no additional cost.


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Men in the Mix Toolkit

This toolkit addresses hurdles, psychological and otherwise, that men may face whether they're considering involvement in a women’s affinity group or just having a conversation about the disparities faced by their women colleagues. The content for the toolkit was developed through four programs held across the country.

Building Allies Toward Gender Equity

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National Women's History Museum

Pencil drawing of three women from the women's suffrage movement.

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Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is an innovative museum dedicated to uncovering, interpreting, and celebrating women’s diverse contributions to society. A renowned leader in women’s history education, the Museum brings to life the countless untold stories of women throughout history, and serves as a space for all to inspire, experience, collaborate, and amplify women’s impact—past, present, and future.

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