And here at McCabe and Mack LLP, we have many women who have set the bar high – leading by example for future generations of female trailblazers.
In what was long considered a male-dominated industry, their achievements, of course, have not been without challenges that are unique to women.
Partner Kimberly Hunt Lee noted how difficult a career as an attorney can be for a woman, because “you are often judged on much more than your courtroom skills.”
“Thankfully,” Kimberly added, “this has changed over the years.”
What has not changed, of course, is the fact that women are often balancing a demanding legal career with the responsibilities of family life.
Ellen L. Baker, Of Counsel at McCabe and Mack LLP, became the very first female partner at the firm in 1987. She feels that the best way to manage such demands is to surround yourself with encouraging people – at home and in the workplace.
She continued, “And I chose a firm who made it clear that if I worked hard, I could become a partner. The fact that I was a woman was irrelevant to McCabe and Mack LLP, and their belief in my abilities allowed me to advance in the area of law I found to be fascinating. Along the way, I have had the chance to learn from wonderful colleagues.”
Partner Rebecca M. Blahut reiterated that the broader cultural shift over recent decades has truly empowered 21st-century women; like Kimberly and Ellen, she feels very grateful for the resulting opportunities.
She added, “I am also inspired by our women clients; I hold them in high regard and am in awe of so many of them. I have worked with many older women who were pioneers in their day and who broke a lot of glass ceilings. We have represented female authors, editors, publishers, engineers, artists, financial planners, doctors, and CEOs, just to name a few. Many of my older female clients are divorced or widowed; some were single mothers and managed to accumulate and manage wealth on their own. They are also volunteers, community leaders, politicians, and grandmothers. They paved the way for my generation to achieve anything we desired and I am grateful to know every one of them.”
All of us at McCabe and Mack LLP celebrate the contributions and achievements of females everywhere, especially those who work with our firm. Indeed, you have all raised the bar – and you inspire everyone around you.
Visit https://womenshistorymonth.gov to learn more about efforts of the Library of Congress and other institutions who “encourage the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.”