March 08, 2018

Statement of ABA President Hilarie Bass re: International Women’s Day

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2018 –  In recognition of International Women’s Day, the American Bar Association celebrates the progress of women globally while recognizing the continued need to foster equal rights and opportunities for all women and girls.

Empowering women and girls is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do.  Doing so has a multiplier effect on society, with the potential to transform the global economy. Recent studies confirm the enormous potential economic impact of closing the gender gap. For example, the McKinsey Global Institute recently reported that $12 trillion could be added to the global economy by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. 

While we have come far in advancing women’s rights, there is still much to be done. Lawyers must play a key role in effecting the necessary changes. As we mark International Women’s Day today, the ABA rededicates itself to the goal of gender equality in the law and in all aspects of life.