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Celebrating Women’s History Month

March 21, 2023

Our Office of Equity & Inclusion has curated this list of Penn Carey Law information and resources recognition of Women’s History Month.

In its latest newsletter, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Office of Equity and Inclusion honors Women’s History Month and celebrates the significant contributions women have made to the field of law throughout history:

“Despite facing discrimination and obstacles in their legal careers,” writes E&I, “countless women have broken down barriers, paved the way for future generations of lawyers, left a lasting impact on the legal profession, and helped to shape our society.”

Some highlights of Women’s History Month 2023 newsletter include the following:


May 21, 4 p.m.: Human Rights in Action: On Gender, Trauma, and Mutual Support in Human Rights Collectives: Please join Arancha Garcia del Soto and Sarah Paoletti, Practice Professor of Law and Director of the Law School’s Transnational Legal Clinic, for an in-depth discussion about global human rights work.

Elizabeth Tang L'17, WG'17 Elizabeth Tang L'17, WG'17

May 22, 4:30 p.m.: JD/MBA & TPIC Speaker Series: Join the conversation between Penn Carey Law’s JD/MBA graduate Elizabeth Tang L’17, WG’17 and Serena Mayeri, Professor of Law and History. This Speaker Series event is in collaboration with the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC). 

May 23, 9 a.m.: Penn Carey Law’s Entertainment & Sports Law Society’s 10th annual symposium, entitled “Diverse Perspectives,” will focus on topics such as equal pay, Title IX, sports branding, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in both entertainment and sports.

Student Spotlight

Nikita Ganesh L'24 Nikita Ganesh L’24

Nikita Ganesh L’24 won first prize at the New York State Bar Association’s Moot Court Oral Argument.

Toll Public Interest Scholars Charlie Ferguson L’24, Sarah Gordon L’24, and Aleyah Hassan L’24 pose for a photo with Sparer Symposium panelists following the discussion, “Radical Legal and Community Strategies Towards Democracy.”

Alumni Accomplishments

Su Ming Yeh L'04 Su Ming Yeh L'04Su Ming Yeh L’04 has received the Philadelphia Bar Foundation award, which recognizes a public interest attorney who is dedicating their life to Victoria A. Joseph C'11 L'17 Victoria A. Joseph C’11 L’17 equal access to justice by working in the nonprofit legal services field. Yeh is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP).

Victoria A. Joseph C’11, L’17 has prioritized building a practice that centers public service — including work on the historic prosecution of former police officers involved in George Floyd’s murder.

Community Partnerships

  • Penn Women’s Center: The PWC provides mentoring, space, equipment, and some financial support to a wide range of campus groups.
  • FruiTea is an inclusive safe space dedicated to re-exploring various aspects of one’s cultural identity. On March 22, the session’s topic is “What is one of your greatest motivators in life?”

Get Involved

Hair discrimination is a devastating reality for many women of color; incidents happen as early as elementary school and continue through adulthood, from interviews to the workplace. The CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) is a campaign to end hair discrimination by creating legislation to prohibit racial discrimination associated with hair texture. According to the CROWN Coalition sponsored by Dove, a Black woman is 80% more likely to change her natural hair to meet social norms or expectations at work. To protect natural hairstyles such as locs, braids, twists, and bantu knots, you can sign the petition to advance the CROWN Act across the nation.

Transgender rights are under attack. Take action by celebrating transgender and non-binary people and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically. The Human Rights Campaign has resources to turn solidarity into collective power.

What We Are Watching & Reading

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” available on Netflix. “As she fights the tide of violence against trans women, activist Victoria Cruz probes the suspicious 1992 death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson.”

The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness by Rhonda V. Magee, a law professor at the University of San Francisco. From the publisher: “Incorporating mindfulness exercises, research, and Magee’s hard-won insights, The Inner Work of Racial Justice offers a road map to a more peaceful world.”

Learn more about the critical work of our Office of Equity & Inclusion.