Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I hope that you are surrounded by friends and family and celebrating all of the blessings in your lives. I am sure there are many.
One of those blessings is that you are women in America and, to boot, women lawyers in America. We take so much for granted here, and we complain about unfair treatment and lost opportunities, but the truth is that we are the luckiest women on earth.
We are working our way toward full equality in the workplace, and I have real hope that it will happen in my lifetime. We live in a society protected by free speech and a Bill of Rights unparalleled in the world, and we have a judicial system to back it up and make those freedoms matter. We can be anything we want to be here in America, within reason, as long as we make the right choices and respect people along the way.
While it is true that women are feeling very violated as a group in the shadow of today’s headlines disclosing more and more shocking details of sexual abuse and harassment, it also is true that women finally are feeling the force to call out the wrongdoers and speak truth to power. That is huge, and even if men do not change their behaviors, women are changing their own. We are learning to become the tribe we need to be to advance our causes and protect our futures.
So rejoice in your blessings and make this a day to remember. This is the day you take even greater control of your lives.