Women's History Month Reflections

March 2024

March 1 marks the start of Women’s History Month, a month dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the vital role women have played in American history. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Williams & Connolly asked employees to reflect on the month and describe what it means to them. We will be sharing these reflections on our website throughout the month of March.

“Women’s History Month is important to me because it’s a chance to reflect on how far women have come and be thankful for those that came before us.  One of the first women I think about is Justice Sandra Day O’Connor—the first female Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, who President Reagan appointed in 1981.  I’ve always felt a special admiration for Justice O’Connor because she grew up on a ranch in Arizona not far from where I grew up.  When Justice O’Connor graduated law school in 1952, things were much different.  She graduated at the top of her class from Stanford Law School, but law firms would not offer her a job; when she did find a job, she had to work for free at first.  Justice O’Connor didn’t let those setbacks get in her way, though.  She made her way in the legal profession with grace, self-confidence, and independence that continues to inspire women.  We’re better off today because of the perseverance of women like Justice O’Connor.”

Libby Baird, Associate

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