What is it like to be a female attorney in today’s world, particularly in comparison to being a male attorney? How are women lawyers treated–by clients, male attorneys, other women attorneys, and judges? Are their original expectations about becoming a lawyer being met, or frustrated? How are they dealing with the increasing hostility toward attorneys? What are they doing to balance the demands of their careers, their personal needs and their family commitments? What advice would they give other women who are entering, or considering, the law profession?
Now that I think of it, I must confess that I dislike not only book reviews like that, but I also dislike Judi Craig’s book Women Attorneys Speak Out! I love a good “consciousness-raising” and “coming to voice” as much as the next feminist. But at some point, people tune out yet another personal narrative of “opposing-counsel-thought-I-was-a-secretary-and-asked-me-to-get-coffee.” So how about a follow-on of “Women Attorneys Solve Problems!” or “Women Attorneys Theorize Change!” Those books would be more interesting.