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For the first time in the State Bar of Wisconsin's 143-year history, women hold all six of its officer positions. Women also now represent the majority on its Board of Governors. This article provides a glimpse of the State Bar's efforts to increase participation of women in bar leadership, with perspectives from many of the women who were involved along the way.
Women achieved parity in law school classes more than three decades ago, yet the numbers today show that women are underrepresented in positions of power and influence in law firm and corporate legal environments. Why is that?
Women have made great strides in the legal profession in the almost 150 years since a woman was first admitted to the bar in Wisconsin. But as this overview of Wisconsin's judiciary makes clear, equal involvement of women is yet to be achieved in some parts of the judicial system.
Women have tackled thorny issues that led to the reshaping of Wisconsin laws affecting civil rights, property, marriage, employment, and education. Here is a look at five women who persevered in the face of social and political opposition to improve women's lives in ways that reverberate today.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Your State Bar
  • Double Your Impact for the Common Good
  • Larry Martin announces a generous donation that will match contributions to the Wisconsin Law Foundation for a cumulative dollar total of up to $25,000!
  • Editor's Note
  • It's a Wrap
  • As her tenure as this publication's editor ends, Joyce Hastings reflects on the story of the full integration of women in the legal profession.
  • On Balance
  • Looking on the Bright Side of Death
  • Julie Bonasso asks, what would be your biggest regret if this were the last day of your life? Are you advancing toward the right goal?

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