International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world every March 8, to honor the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day took root in the 1900s and continues to inspire people to celebrate the achievements of women in history and advocate for greater gender parity. Barry McTiernan & Moore is committed to creating and maintaining an environment where women can flourish and become leaders in the legal community.
At Barry McTiernan & Moore, we are grateful for the advancement of women in the legal field. We recognize the achievements of countless courageous women who have fought for greater gender parity. In many cases, they have risked so much to improve the lives of fellow women. Trailblazing female attorneys include:
- Sandra Day O’Connor – Justice O’Connor holds the distinction of shattering the highest glass ceiling in American jurisprudence as the first ever female justice of the United State Supreme Court in 1981. She serves as a role model not only for girls and women, but for all those committed to equal justice under law.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg -Justice Ginsberg is a powerhouse who has served in the United States Supreme Court Justice since 1993, with a record of fighting against gender inequality. She served as the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union where she argued six landmark cases based on gender equality before the US Supreme Court. Heroic and passionate, Ginsburg truly believes that the law is gender-blind and all groups should gain equal rights.
- Janet Reno – Ms. Reno was the first woman to hold the top Justice Department position as the US Attorney General. She acted as a trailblazer such as securing protection for women seeking abortions and arguing for broad reforms to provide people with greater access to the courts and justice system.
According to the American Bar Association, in 2016, women composed 35% of the legal profession, and women make up 45% of law firm associates, but only 19% of equity partners. These numbers are the reason why Barry McTiernan & Moore is committed to gender equality in the work place. The American Bar Association also celebrated the progress women made in the legal profession and noted the tremendous benefits of improving gender equality. Even though women have already made great strides, more needs to be done.
Barry McTiernan & Moore wouldn’t be able to serve our community without the support of the women on our team. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond a committee, policy or trend – it is a commitment to promote an environment in which differences are respected and celebrated, employees are treated fairly, and individual skills and talents are valued. We strive for gender and racial equality in all of our ranks and are committed to ensuring parity in pay amongst our attorneys and staff members.
Managing Partner Suzanne M. Halbardier participates on panels of female leaders to discuss the diverse career paths in the legal profession. She speaks about her experiences, reflects on the current status of women in the law and gives advice for women considering their own career progression. Partner Shawnette Fluitt recently attended the DRI Women in the Law conference where female empowerment and networking were discussed. She also shared her experiences, war stories, and triumphs as a female attorney. She discussed the importance of mentorship in the legal field especially among female attorneys.