One of my Hartford advisors had suggested that I do something about lawyers and law firms. Initially, I was dismissive. I could not image how the daily life of a lawyer could be visually interesting. Yet, as I got into the project, I realized that I had something to say, not so much about the nuts and bolts of practicing law, but rather about women in the corporate workspace.
I had graduated from law school in the mid-1980s when women were entering the legal profession in large numbers for the first time. My first legal job was as a junior associate at the large New York firm I referred to above. Although my firm, like most other New York law firms, was eager to hire women lawyers, it did not really know what to do with us once we walked in the door. The firm’s male lawyers, particularly those who had been practicing law for some time, treated us less as lawyers and more as sisters, secretaries or romantic interests.