I just received the annual email from my dean inviting me to nominate students for several awards. I am taken aback by the criteria for the award from the National Association of Women Lawyers. The award consists of a one-year honorary membership in the association, including a subscription to its journal. Selection is based on:
- academic achievement, motivation, tenacity, and drive;
- future promise of contributing to the advancement of women in society; and
- presenting a personable and professional image.
By contrast, I’m proud to note that the East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women’s Susan B. Anthony Award is based on academic achievement and “commitment to enhancing the progress of women, especially the legal rights of women,” without regard to “image.”
update: Sad to say, the nomination form for the Susan B. Anthony Award asks for the nominee’s marital status and the number and ages of her children.