Ask the Women of White and Williams
We asked women partners to share significant moments in their careers and advice for young women lawyers.
What Woman Has Inspired You?
Eleanor Roosevelt has inspired me personally and professionally; I live by her quote:
Kristine Lilly (former U.S. soccer player) and Jen Rizzotti (former UConn basketball player).
My mom works for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, which means I spent a lot of time with women attorneys while growing up. We went on vacation with a woman coworker’s family every summer; I would attend office events; many of my mom’s coworkers would come to my family’s annual day-after-Thanksgiving party. Being surrounded by so many women attorneys made women in the legal profession seem like a given. They were all very intelligent, thoughtful women who enjoyed their jobs and spoke positively about the challenges they faced at work. It taught me that my interests in reading and writing could be applied to the law in a rewarding way, and that I could expect to find a supportive community of smart women once I became a lawyer (I have not been disappointed).
My mom has inspired me to never set a ceiling for myself in any aspect of my life. She has taught me how to speak my mind and be confident in my beliefs. She has instilled in me a fierce independence. She has encouraged me to never settle. When I was younger my teachers would tell my mom I was bossy. She told them I was a leader. Her confidence and unconditional support has helped me become the woman that I am today.
I had the privilege to hear US Senator Tammy Duckworth speak about her very inspiring experiences as a woman in the military and in Congress. A combat veteran and double amputee, Ms. Duckworth overcame her injuries to advocate for others – first in the House and now in the Senate – with incredible energy and empathy. She is truly an American hero.
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