ABA red_high_heels_for gender equity

The ABA’s using these shoes to try to inject some more equality into the legal profession.

Hard on the heels of yesterday’s story of a remarkable woman, I offer another story—that also involves kicking up your heels.

As the American Bar Association annual meeting approaches, that organization has been trumpeting the work of its Gender Equity Task Force. (Besides great information, the website also includes free publications.)

Here, the ABA describes the group and then seeks action:

“Study after study has shown that women—in particular those in law firm practice—are not compensated at the same level as men. In August 2012, ABA President Laurel G. Bellows appointed a blue-ribbon Task Force on Gender Equity with a call to action for concrete movement in the issues of equity in the workplace and a principal focus on compensation.”

“You can help raise awareness of these critical issues by joining the ‘Click Your Heels’ virtual march for gender equity.”

ABA logoTo vote “with your feet”:

  1. Go to the Task Force website here.
  2. Click the vote button to the right of the red shoes.

Why is it important to “click your heels” for gender equity? The ABA explains:

“The visuals of hundreds of thousands of people descending on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the sea of people coming together for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 have become iconic representations of people standing in concert to effect change. While nothing can ever replace the historic transcendence of that day, in this new millennium a virtual voice carries the same power and ability to effect change as a physical presence.”

gender_equality symbol“As in 1963, people of today still struggle with the ability to be treated equally in the work place. What is gender equity? It is equal pay for equal work. It is paternity leave without stigma. It is flexible time to meet personal and family needs, while still being able to participate and make a productive contribution to the work place. It is the recognition of the differences between men and women without diminishing the value and contribution each person provides. In a word, it is ‘fairness.’”

This all is timely not just because of the ABA meeting, but because the ABA’s Day of the Woman is on August 10, 2013. (More information on Day of the Woman events is here.)

(You can also follow @ABAGenderEquity on Twitter.)

When you click, you can see how many others have done the same. What number are you?