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06 October 2012

Interesting article about how female executives in California’s tech industry work flexibly, successfully, and how women still lag behind men at the top of most careers, through a mixture of gender psychology, predispositions, and family time. Anything that could be applicable to the Indian legal profession here?

Without a lot of official committees and HR red tape, Silicon Valley is figuring out the single most vexing problem for ambitious working women, one everyone thought was unsolvable: how to let them spend time with their children without ruining their careers…

In a chart comparing the "career cost of family" in elite workplaces – meaning the price people pay for taking time off – the economist Claudia Goldin floats the tech companies high above the rest. Women and men there can take time off and not take a big salary hit. Other industries, by contrast, suffer from "inertia" or "resistance to change"…

She was just doing that thing young women tend to do, which is hesitate before she'd even got started. "I watch it all day long," Sandberg told me. "Women are making room for kids they don't have, years before they try to get pregnant. Then, when they do get pregnant, they would be coming back to a job they no longer want." The men, meanwhile, are "super-aggressive and focused. They are in your office every day. 'Can I do that? Can I lead this?' They don't have to be talked into things."

[The Guardian]

19 September 2012

Bombay HC Eight male advocates have been designated as senior counsel in the Bombay high court, with six being based in Mumbai, one in Aurangabad and one in Nagpur.

11 July 2012

peggy mad men Workplaces are structured to lose the women along the career ladder and colleagues’ and bosses’ attitudes do usually not alleviate the loss, was a hot topic of discussion in a room of 80 women at the Society of Women Lawyers’ (SOWL) annual conference in Delhi on Saturday.

21 December 2011

The Hindustan Times reported today that only 60 to 70 practising advocates in the Gurgaon district courts were women, compared to 1,200 men.

12 March 2011

Legally India newsletterInternational Women’s Day is a nice occasion for the media to give itself a collective pat on the back and write how great things are but there is no other way to put this one: things are rotten at the Bar.

08 March 2011

venus-symbol-fist-stencil Khaitan & Co’s Mumbai office celebrated International Women’s Day today with ceremonial cake cuttings, festive decorations, readings and an internal women-only email list, also allowing all female staff to leave the office at 330pm today.

18 February 2011

venus-symbol-fist-stencil An association of Indian women advocates, the Society of Women Lawyers (SOWL), will launch on 26 February in Delhi after two years of its conceptualisation aiming to further cause of women in the profession and in India.

30 April 2010

chief-justice-india-SH-kapadiaSupreme Court judge Sarosh Homi Kapadia will take over as Chief Justice of India (CJI) from outgoing CJI K G Balakrishnan on 12 May 2010, while the Supreme Court will have its first female judge in almost four years, the government of India announced today.

19 March 2010

Legally India newsletter

This week's newspaper headlines were dominated by the passage of the 14 year-old Women's Reservation Bill, which finally cleared its first hurdle shortly after International Women's Day.

10 March 2010

woman-meghwal-elder-By-Meanest-IndianThe latest Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2010 entitled "Power, Voice and Rights: A Turning point for Gender Equality in Asia and The Pacific" released by the United Nations on International Women's Day has recommended proactive action in the field of legal rights for women.

08 March 2010

venus-symbol-fist-stencil-by-200MoreMontrealStencils"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." The old saying that can be illustrative in the career success stories of many women, and perhaps few places more so than of female lawyers at the Bar.