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March 8, 2011

President Zack Statement Re: International Women’s Day

Women lawyers are a proud part of our past and a major part of our future.  The “feminization” of the practice of law is evident, not only in the United States, but around the globe: more than 50% of law students today are women.

The ABA’s first woman member, Mary Frances Lathrop, who joined in 1918, quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the association’s leaders. Unfortunately, it took 77 more years for the association to elect its first woman president: since then we’ve started making up for lost time by electing four in 16 years.

The _ salutes all women – especially those in our profession – for the countless ways they better society, safeguard our fundamental humanity, and advance the rule of law.