Women Make History at Top 16 Law Journals

For the first time, law journals at the most prestigious US law schools are all led by women.

In a celebratory event, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed the female editors-in-chief of the top 16 law schools last week, the Washington Post reports.

“It’s such a contrast to the ancient days when I was in law school,” Ginsburg said during the event. “There really is no better time for women to enter the legal profession.”


Some of the top law reviews that are female-led include the likes of Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Columbia, and Duke.

Experts say it is a moment in history that deserves praise.

“It speaks well to the progress that many law schools have made toward cultivating a more hospitable environment for women, people of color, and first-generation law students,” Melissa Murray, a professor at New York University School of Law, tells Law.com. “But credit should not go to law schools alone. The law reviews deserve credit as well.”

In recent years, female enrollment at ABA-accredited law schools has exceeded male enrollment. And while many are celebrating this moment, there still is a long way to go for gender equality in the law industry.

“It doesn’t cure every problem with women in the law,” Georgetown’s top editor, Grace Paras, says, “but it shows the possibility of what women in leadership can do.”

Sources: Washington Post, Law.com

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