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Bar News - February 9, 2007

Gender Equality Report To Be Updated


Twenty years ago in the summer of 1987, the New Hampshire Bar Association Task Force on Women in the Bar began the examination of gender bias in the New Hampshire Bar. A statistical analysis was conducted looking at the effects of gender bias on areas such as demographics, professional life, personal life, job satisfaction, and perceptions within the profession. This analysis culminated in the Report of the Task Force on Women in the Bar, which was published in the New Hampshire Bar Journal in the summer of 1988. In concluding their work, the Task Force set forth a list of recommendations for the Bar as guidance to address gender bias and its effects on the profession. That list is a “working list” that is as applicable and relevant today as it was when it was first published.


The Gender Equality Committee of the New Hampshire Bar Association has already begun work on the 10-year follow-up to the 1997-98 gender equality survey. This will allow the committee to track the progress of the profession in achieving the goal of gender equality.


The Gender Equality Committee invites all NH Bar members to attend the Gender Equality Breakfast to be held during the NHBA Midyear Meeting from 7:30-8:30 a.m on Friday, Feb. 16, 2007 at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. Excerpts from a video commentary produced to accompany the 1987-88 gender equality survey will be shown during the breakfast and the 2007 Hollman Award will be presented. (See pages 20-22 for more information on this and other Midyear Meeting events.)



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