Women's History Month
The Chicago Bar Association is pleased to celebrate 2021 Women's History Month which commemorates and encourages the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. The theme of International National Women’s Day 2021 is #ChoosetoChallenge. In the words of the campaign, “A challenged world is an alert world.”  We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality, we can choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements and, collectively, we can create an inclusive and more gender-equal world. The Chicago Bar Association invites members and allies to join us for the following virtual programs during our celebration of Women’s History Month 2021:

From Challenge Comes Change: A Celebration of International Women’s Day 
March 8, 2020 |9:00-10:00 a.m.
$0 CLE-Advantage Plan/$25 Member/$50 Nonmember
1 IL Diversity/Inclusion PR-MCLE Credit (subject to approval)
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All of the living past women presidents of The Chicago Bar Association will join forces for a discussion about how we can #ChoosetoChallenge the bias and inequality faced women lawyers today, and to celebrate the achievements of the women who have been instrumental in breaking down barriers to achieve excellence in the profession.

Women for the Defense: A Master Class in Practice Survival
March 10, 2020 | 3:30-4:30p.m.
$0 CLE-Advantage Plan/$25 Member/$50 Nonmember
1 IL Diversity/Inclusion PR-MCLE Credit (subject to approval)
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Renowned Chicago author and criminal defense attorney, Andrea D. Lyon, has assembled a powerful anthology of true-life stories of women criminal defense lawyers “fighting the good fight” in criminal courts in her most recent book, The Feminine Sixth, Women for the Defense. She will join the CBA for a discussion about the book and will share lessons learned from a career representing clients accused of a crime amidst the challenges of sexism, discrimination, and unconscious bias—lessons which are universal to all women in the legal profession which is still largely a white man’s world. She will also discuss strategies that can be employed to achieve greater diversity in the legal profession today, based on the experiences of women who have overcome the odds in the past.  

From Challenge Comes Change: Advocating Your Worth in a Post-COVID World
March 11, 2020 |3:30-4:30 p.m.
$0 CLE-Advantage Plan/$25 Member/$50 Nonmember
1 IL Diversity/Inclusion PR-MCLE Credit (subject to approval)
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This program is being offered as a part of The Chicago Bar Association’s Women’s History Month series. Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Partner Compensation Surveys: A Decade of Perspective revealed surprising and concerning conclusions about the compensation disparity between male and female partners in law firms. Despite more attention being paid to the gender pay gap over the past decade and increasingly female representation, the pay differential continues to widen. According to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s Left Out and Left Behind report published by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, women of color have the highest rate of attrition from law firms as they continue to face firm cultures where their efforts and contributions are neither sufficiently recognized nor rewarded. How can women lawyers maximize their compensation in the current climate which has been further complicated by the changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic? This program will provide strategies for women lawyers to advocate their worth in our post-COVID world, and invites audience members to share their insights.

From Challenge Comes Change: Redefining Work-Life Integration in a Post-COVID World
March 15, 2020 |4:00-5:00 p.m.
$0 CLE-Advantage Plan/$25 Member/$50 Nonmember
1 IL Diversity/Inclusion PR-MCLE Credit (subject to approval)
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This program is being offered as a part of The Chicago Bar Association’s Women’s History Month series. Striking a balance between work and family life has never been more elusive than it has become in the wake of the pandemic.  Join us for an interactive session aimed at tackling the most prevalent challenges facing women lawyers in the post-COVID world. The session will feature an overview followed by small group break-outs sessions.

From Challenge Comes Change: Combating Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession 
March 22, 2020 |12:00-1:00 p.m.
$0 CLE-Advantage Plan/$25 Member/$50 Nonmember
1 IL Diversity/Inclusion PR-MCLE Credit (subject to approval)
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This program is being offered as a part of The Chicago Bar Association’s Women’s History Month series. Sexual harassment and misconduct has been a long-standing problem in the legal profession, but the #MeToo movement cast a light on the need for change.  In the years since, how has the legal profession evolved and has any progress been made? Join us for an overview of what’s been done and what still needs to be accomplished since #MeToo initiated a larger conversation around sexual harassment in the workplace.

 
About Women's History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” Learn more at https://womenshistorymonth.gov.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.