March 01, 2013

The Leading Edge

Laurie Ristino

As I write this, the business book du jour is Sheryl Sandberg’s (COO of Facebook) Lean In in which she argues that women’s lack of confidence is our ultimate barrier to success, not persistent gender bias. Lean In, much like Anne Marie Slaughter’s infamous article in The Atlantic “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” has generated much discussion not only in the media, but, as I can personally attest, among female leaders of all sorts. In contrast to Sandberg, Slaughter argues that the paucity of women in powerful positions is a reflection of the current structure of American society and economy. But, why does this debate matter for environmental law practitioners? Here’s why.

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