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Gender in the Legal Profession
Fitting or Breaking the Mould
Joan Brockman  

$97.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/15/2001
ISBN: 9780774808347    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2002
ISBN: 9780774808354    

272 Pages

Law and Society series


About the Book

The history of the legal profession in Canada and elsewhere is one of the exclusion of women, Aboriginals, ethnic and racial minorities, and those from less privileged classes. Based on face-to-face interviews with 50 women and 50 men called to the Bar in British Columbia during the past 3-7 years, Joan Brockman has studied this phenomenon and tried to determine reasons why such exclusion has been practised and what its effects have been, particularly with respect to women.

Although legal barriers that historically prevented women from entering the legal profession have been removed, informal and structural barriers that impede women's full participation within the profession remain. Much of the discrimination still experienced stems from expectations that women, in particular, will assume primary responsibilities for child care, elder care, emotional stability in the home, household management, and other domestic matters. In addition, some women still experience sexual harassment and discrimination even if they have managed to reduce or avoid additional domestic responsibilities.

There have, to be sure, been changes and accommodations made for women in the legal workforce, and men as well as women have helped to make them. But, Brockman concludes, until there is significant change in how women are perceived in relation to domestic duties, it is unlikely that they will attain equality within the legal profession. The profession will only change when perceptions of the family change, at which point women will not only fit the mould at work, but men also will fit the mould at home.

About the Author(s)

Joan Brockman teaches in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Law’s Attractions and Detractions
3. Fitting In
4. Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
5. Reluctant Adversaries
6.The Balancing Act: Careers, Co-Habitors, Children, and Chores
7. Breaking the Mould

Appendix: Income Analysis


" ...a fascinating, accessible read… Brockman’s outstanding book provides much food for thought about systemic problems that persist within a profession that is supposed to stand for justice in our society, and both short-term and long-term strategies to deal with them."
— Susan B. Boyd, Labour/Le Travail, Fall 2003

"Present[s] insightful accounts of the careers of mena and women lawyers, and the obstacles encountered by them, supported by sound scholarship and percipient analyses."
— Margaret Thornton, Sydney Law Review (2001) 23(4): 625-629

Sample Chapter

Chapter 2

Related Topics

Gender Studies
Women's Studies

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