How should lady lawyers dress?


The verdict on female lawyers' proper courtroom attire is murky at best. Cristen and Caroline investigate why workplace wardrobe is particularly vexing for women attorneys and how that reflects on broader gender equity issues in legal professions.

Episode sources:

"Female Lawyers Who Dress Too 'Sexy' Are Apparently a 'Huge Problem' in the Courtroom" by Amanda Hess. Slate. March 21, 2014.

"Yet Another Law School Lectures Women on How to Not Dress Slutty" by Phoenix Tso. Jezebel. March 19, 2014.

"Pigs and Prudes: Skirting the Lawyers' Dress Code" by Lindsey O'Brien. Ms. Magazine. April 8, 2014.

"Law Firm Memo Advises Female Associates to Stop Giggling and Squirming" by Kate Dries. Jezebel. October 25, 2013.

"Women Attorneys May Face Double Standard When It Comes to Courtroom Attire" by Ed Silverstein. Inside Counsel. March 25, 2014.

"No Longer Extraordinary: Court Dress" by Valerie L'Herrou. Ms. JD. June 11, 2014.

"So What Exactly Should Female Attorneys Wear?" by Jill Filipovic. Feministe. April 12, 2010.

"How to Dress Like a Lawyer (or Not)" by Elizabeth Donoghue. Huffington Post. Sept. 13, 2008.

"Tenn. Judge Issues Dress Code for Female Lawyers" by Bobby Allyn. USA Today. June 13, 2013.

"On Being a Dirty Old Man and How Young Women Lawyers Dress" by Richard Kopf. Hercules and the Umpire. March 25, 2014.

"Federal Judge Suggests that Women Lawyers Not Dress Like 'Ignorant Sluts'" by Staci Zaretsky. Above the Law. March 26, 2014.

"You Are Judged by Your Appearance" by Ty Kiisel. Forbes. March 20, 2013.

"If the Clothes Fit: A Feminist Takes on Fashion" by Minh-Ha T. Pham. Ms. Magazine. Fall 2011.

"The Female Lawyer Exodus" by Melissa Silver Sweeney. The Daily Beast. July 31, 2013.

Academic sources:

"Intolerance of Sexy Peers: Intrasexual Competition Among Women" by Tracy Vaillancourt and Aanchal Sharma. Aggressive Behavior. 2011.

"Catalyst Quick Take: Women in Law in the U.S." Catalyst. 2013.

Topics in this Podcast: gender, fashion history, best of 2014 workplace