Author: Attorney Tammy Ruble, Esquire
When I graduated from high school in 1977, I was honored to win a scholarship for a "Woman Going Into a Non-Traditional Field" from a local women's group. I was a bit surprised by the name of the award, as it had never occurred to me that a woman in law was considered unusual.
The year I started college, only 30.1% of the persons entering law school were women. When I started law school in 1981, the number had risen to 37.2%. The percentage continued to edge up and was 47.1% for the entering class in 2009. Despite this increase, in 2009 the U. S Bureau of Labor statistics reported that only 32.4% of all lawyers were women, although it is encouraging to…