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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.

Guided Conversations: Highlighting Experiences of Intersectionality - March 20th, 3 p.m. ET

In honor of Women’s History Month and promoting allyship in the legal profession, the Commission is hosting a day of conversation to convene highly accomplished women to share their experiences. This virtual program will feature women lawyers of diverse demographic backgrounds and legal specialties in a 60-minute discussion moderated by former CWP Chair Michele Coleman Mayes, followed by a 30-minute Q&A portion.

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NEW Reports

"Excluded & Alone: Examining the Experiences of Native American Women in the Law and a Path Towards Equity"

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession collaborated with the National Native American Bar Association on this new report.

Programs and Resources for Native American Women Attorneys

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Legal Careers of Parents and Child Caregivers: Results and Best Practices from a National Study of the Legal Profession

It’s past time to flip the narrative. This essential and timely report reveals the prevalence and impact of parenting and child caregiving on legal professionals.

how and why the everyday work experiences of women lawyers with children differ from men with children.

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Read about Issues Important to Women Lawyers

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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About Us

The Commission on Women in the Profession comprises of twelve members appointed by the ABA President. Its mission is to secure the full and equal participation of women in the ABA, the legal profession, and the justice system.


The Commission on Women in the Profession introduces Resolutions to the ABA House of Delegates that promote the rights of women in the legal profession.

Resolution 501

The Commission is proud to have co-sponsored Resolution 501, adopted by the ABA House of Delegates at its Midyear Meeting, which urges bar admissions authorities, law schools, bar associations, and legal employers to adopt clear and uniform policies allowing for accommodations for lactating individuals.

Giving to the Commission

The Commission on Women in the Profession appreciates your donations to continue our valuable work. When you give to the Fund for Justice and Education, you can designate the Commission as your preferred recipient group. We thank you in advance!

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The Commission welcomes your feedback. Please get in touch to learn more about our programs.