Working together with the World Bank, Pen America and the World Wide Web Foundation, Penn Law students in the policy lab on online gender-based harassment produce report on “Defying Digital Demons” showcasing the harassment against women in politics and media.
These draft policies were developed as part of a policy lab on sexual harassment taught at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School by Professor Rangita de Silva de Alwis.
The following report discusses themes that have emerged from working groups in Professor Rangita de Silva de Alwis’s course on “Women, Law, and Leadership” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School as part of an effort to increase female representation in positions of leadership. The report explores the ways in which themes including bias, representation, and allyship affect Black women in the legal field through the data collected from a survey of 30 Black Penn Law students, of which 24 identify as women and 6 identify as men.
In this chapter of the report, the students in the Seminar on Women, Law, and Leadership adopted a combination of quantitative and qualitative approach to analyze whether female lawyers in China are satisfied with their jobs, what obstacles they are facing, and whether they perceive their male colleagues as their allies. The data was collected through online questionnaire and covered more than 440 female lawyers in China.
In the Fall of 2020, students in the Seminar on Women, Law, and Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School interviewed nearly 70 male ally peers at the law school. The Students were given a survey instrument but asked to contextualize and modify the questions as necessary. The seminar was taught by Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Senior Adjunct Professor of Law and Global Leadership. In partnership with Thomson Reuters Transforming Women’s Leadership Initiative, this project was the first of its kind to be conducted in a law school classroom.
Some Perspectives on Inclusion and Allyship from Penn Law School
The Penn Law Women, Law and leadership Class brought over 30 leaders in law and business for in-class interviews. At a time of the twin forces of COVID-19 and a public reckoning on equality, these reflections on leadership provide important roadmap to understanding transformative leadership
This research update was written by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, the Associate Dean of International Affairs at Penn Law, who leads the research on transformative leadership and allyship in collaboration with Penn Law students and Thomson Reuters.
The research on the barriers to leadership were conducted through interviews with women leaders who have helped to dismantle structural barriers and blazed a trail for other women in law, business and public life.
Male allyship is critical in the evolution of gender equality programs in the workplace. Indeed, when men are included in gender equality programs, 96% of organizations see progress — compared to only 30% of organizations when men are not engaged, according to the Harvard Business Review.