May 17, 2019 Article

Gender Bias in the Legal Profession: Why It Exists and How to Overcome It

What women lawyers need is early intervention and supportive policies that will serve to eviscerate unconscious bias.

By Angela Turiano

In 1967, Kathy Switzer became the first woman to officially register and run the Boston Marathon. According to Switzer’s accounting in a New York Times article, “[t]he marathon was a man’s race in those days; women were considered too fragile to run it.” What is most incredible about this story, however, is that once Switzer’s participation was discovered, a race official actually jumped off a press truck, ran after her, and attempted to stop her by grabbing her official bib and screaming, “Get outta my race.” Switzer’s boyfriend, also running the race, had to physically shove the official to the ground so that she could continue. To add insult to injury, the press truck caught up to Switzer and began to assault her with a barrage of condescending and aggressive questions such as “What are you trying to prove?” and “When are you going to quit?” 

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