One of my pet peeves, particularly in the summer, is that female attorneys seem to try to get away with dressing so casually as compared to the men. The male attorneys that I see are universally in coats and ties, and usually in suits. (Makes it a lot easier to spot the pro ses and clients.) But the women often show up, even when they are arguing motions, in sleeveless tops, slacks, unstructured skirts, skimpy sandals, etc. They don’t look lawyerly; they look like they’re heading to the mall or a casual dining restaurant.
The way I see it, if you want to be treated like a man, and I’m sure that these female attorneys do, you should ensure that you are presenting yourself as professionally as the men are. I know it’s hot, but, for crying out loud, be thankful that you aren’t expected to wear a tie!
Anyway, on that note, one of my new favorite blogs is Corporette, which bills itself as “a fashion and lifestyle blog for over-acheiving chicks.” They generally discuss things to wear to work, and also foray into work-related dilemmas, often with an emphasis on the female perspective (for example, a guest blogger did a post on breast pumping at work, and a recent discussion went into how to control your tears if you feel the urge to cry at work). I think it usually strikes a good balance between recognizing the uniqueness qualities of being a woman but not expecting special treatment or worship because of sex.
The Corporette comments very often mention the book “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office,” recommending it as a warning against things that professional women tend to do to hurt their chances at workplace success. Since I’m going to be out in the “real world” of law pretty soon, I thought that might be a good read. After all, I’m always told that I am nice. (For example, recently, on Althouse, I told a commenter who was going on about Sarah Palin’s “big tits” to stfu with the misogyny, and commenters chimed in that if I was telling him to stfu, he must really be out of line. If I’m known as “the nice one” when using an assumed name on an internet political blog, I must be an absolute peach in real life.)
Anyway, I was looking at buying the book, but then I thought, would a man read a book called “Nice Boys Don’t Get the Corner Office”? That sounds kind of lame; men, particularly successful men, don’t usually navel gaze like that. Or, if they do, they don’t let on. So, maybe girls that get the corner office don’t read books like Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office? Now I’m torn.