August 28, 2012 Articles

Gutsy Career Moves: Anecdotes from Women Lawyers

A variety of stories from women lawyers detail their own courageous career choices, both large and small.

By Lisa Frye Garrison

There are moments in every lawyer’s career when she has the choice to take the smooth and easy path or the tougher, uphill trail. Sometimes the choice seems “small” in the grand scheme of things—like overlooking a sexist comment instead of confronting the speaker directly. Sometimes the choice is obviously much “bigger”—like choosing where to practice law or whether to sue an employer for wrongdoing.

This article offers a variety of stories from women lawyers across the country about their own courageous career choices, both large and small. I asked them to tell these stories in The Woman Advocate, because, when I shared those stories with other women lawyers, they were as inspired and encouraged as I was. May these anecdotes embolden you when you are faced with “a choice between what is right and what is easy” (as J.K. Rowling puts it in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

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