On Monday, October 22nd, Ayelet Waldman (’91) addressed a crowded classroom of mostly female HLS students. A New York Times bestselling author, Waldman was on campus to promote her new book, but took the time to have an informal discussion about work/family balance at lunchtime.
Her perspective is slightly different from that of most female JDs who address this subject, since she stopped practicing and became a full-time writer after the birth of her children. However, her message was an interesting one: the legal profession is structurally unable to support women (especially those who wish to be mothers as well), and perhaps the trick to changing that dynamic starts within the home — men should take on more of the housework burden.
A special thanks to the Dean of Students office, and Professor Carol Steiker for helping the WLA to put this event together.