Women in Law School Law schools have, for a long time been dominated by male and this has created a situation where women are not treated as equals in such institutions. It has been found that women, who despite having started attending such schools many decades ago, have yet to establish themselves well within them to ensure that they excel on an equal basis as their male counterparts. Instead, women have to face many challenges in order to find success in an environment which one would consider to be extremely hostile to them.
This is the reason why there is need for the continued use of affirmative action to support women who would like to get into this field, to ensure that women are not only successful in getting admitted in law schools, but also that they are treated as partners to their male counterparts rather than as subordinates. While in the United States, affirmative action has largely worked to bring women into the male dominated field of law, more still needs to be done to ensure that even more women are interested in it and that once they get there, they are able to get fair treatment.
There has been, in recent years, support for women to get into the field of law, and most of this support has come from other women in the field. It has been suggested that the best way of encouraging more women to get into the field is through giving more women opportunities to fill up available leadership roles in law schools. Such a move would ensure that the voice of women is heard in the field and further, it will provide them with the opportunity for further advancement.
Furthermore, it has been stated that the best way to deal with the problems that women face in law school and after is to build awareness that bias against women in law is still immensely strong and that this matter should be addressed. Literature Review McGinley (99) in her article states that there is still quite a large gap in the gender divide in the faculties of law schools all over the country. Not only do the women who work in law schools have to do jobs which are considered to be feminine by their male counterparts, but they also have to teach courses which many would consider to have been female-identified courses.
McGinley argues that the leadership positions in law schools have been unfairly distributed, with women getting the lesser share than men. She states that while there are almost no women in any of the available leadership positions in law schools, men dominate nearly all of these positions, with eighty percent of the deans being men.
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