In the legal profession, still largely dominated by male leaders, it isn't easy for any woman to rise to the top. But women of color face even more significant hurdles and unique challenges. Among the major issues they face: pay disparities (gender and race), unconscious bias, and access to leadership training.
In the first installment of the ABA YLD's How Women of Color Can Overcome Challenges to Thrive in the Legal Profession Series, Wendy Shiba and Melissa Murray open up about what drives them, how they've overcome obstacles and their tips for success.
Wendy Shiba is a corporate attorney and former business executive who served as an executive officer of three NYSE-listed companies.
Melissa Murray is the Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.
This research and accompanying toolkits explore the unique experiences of women of color in the law, who face bias and other obstacles due to the intersectionality of their gender and race.