In male-dominated industries and beyond, sexism is still alive and well, effecting the many women that work in these fields. But a new proposal may help reduce the number of sexist comments that women in the courtroom field every day.
According to The Cut, the National Association of Women Lawyers is proposing an amendment to the American Bar Association rules of professional conduct. If approved, the amendment would “explicitly ban harassment or discrimination on the basis of gender, plus ‘race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law,'” reports The Cut.
Some are opposed to the proposal, says The Cut, arguing that such a ban restricts free speech within the courtroom. However, female lawyers tell a different story, with The Cut explaining that many say “sexist and discriminatory comments are often used to throw off opposing counsel, which impedes their ability to do their jobs.”
Former Executive Director of the San Francisco Bar Association Drucilla Ramey told the New York Times that the proposed amendment would hold all lawyers accountable, according to The Cut.
“Lawyers are officers of the court. We’re supposed to set a standard of conduct, and that’s a privilege.”