Breaking down barriers in the courtroom, workplace, and community
The women’s law association at HLS hosted “Women for Women: Advocating for Change,” on Feb. 19, a conference showcasing the contributions of women in the courtroom, workplace and community. Speakers included Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the New York Stock Exchange’s Peggy Kuo ’88 and former Secretary General of Amnesty International Irene Khan LL.M. ’79.
“Women for women, advocating for one another, is the only thing that is going to change things in this world. We need to each remember that the success of women rises and falls on our ability to band together to demand equality, and when we divide against each other, we divide against ourselves and weaken our cause.”
-Diane Rosenfeld LL.N. '96, HLS lecturer on law
“It doesn’t matter your color or your gender—you just have to expect to work twice as hard, or three times as hard. … Intelligence is going to get you just so far. ... “Eventually you will find that you will hit a wall unless you roll up your sleeves and work really hard. …Put yourself in the path of lightning … don’t be afraid to take risks. Put yourself out there and take a chance.”
—Valerie Jarrett, Senior adviser to President Barack Obama ’91
“You need to be able to beat the ‘old boys’ at their own game ... If you want to think outside of the box on your strategy, I think that’s great, but ... know the rules, plan your strategy and then execute your strategy in a way that can make you successful.”
—Sharon Jones ’82, President of Jones Diversity Group and incoming president of HLSA