Bar Codes: Women in the Legal Profession

Bar Codes: Women in the Legal Profession

By: Jean McKenzie Leiper (author)Paperback

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Bar Codes examines women lawyers' attempts to reconcile their professional obligations with other aspects of their lives. It charts the life courses of women who constitute a first wave -- an avant-garde -- in a profession designed by men, for men, where formal codes of conduct and subtle cultural norms promote masculine values. A thorough analysis of women's encounters with this culture provides some answers and raises more questions about the kinds of stresses that have become extreme in the lives of many Canadian women. This book adds to mounting evidence of marked gender differences in opportunities for advancement, demonstrating that many men still enjoy freedom from domestic responsibilities while women continue to face multiple barriers in their quest for career success. As this study shows, change is under way in the legal profession and women can succeed in reaching high levels within it, but the law remains, in many ways, a masculine institution.

About Author

Jean McKenzie Leiper is Professor Emerita at the Department of Sociology, King's University College, University of Western Ontario.

Contents

Acknowledgments 1 Introduction: Recognizing the Codes 2 "The Portia of Our Chambers": Voice, Robes, and Reputation 3 Educating Women in the Law: Becoming Gentlemen? 4 Caught in the Time Crunch 5 Choreographing Daily Life: Clocks, Calendars, and Cycles 6 Careers and Curricula Vitae 7 Cracking the Codes Appendix: Where Are They Now? Notes Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780774813204
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780774813204
  • weight: 380
  • ISBN10: 0774813202

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