March 06, 2013 Practice Points

Do I Look Fat in This Profession? Escaping Gender Bias in ADR

By Victoria Pynchon

When I was a young associate in a major national law firm, my male mentor explained office politics to me with a story.

“A professor was showing his class a chart of the species, at the top of which was man. A student raised her hand, asking why man was at the top. ‘Tortoises are heartier,’ she said, ‘cheetahs more swift, and grizzlies more ferocious. So why are we at the top?’

“‘Because,’ said the professor, ‘man made the chart.’”

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