- Teri Plummer McClure
- General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and SVP of Legal, Compliance and Public Affairs,
- United Parcel Service
- Awarded the Sharing the Power Award
- "Learn how to work within your frame of what's important to you."
A: I see the percentages of women in law school are much more equitable in terms of class composition. Secondly, there are tons of women in the law department here-very remarkable, smart, contributory, hard-working, strategic-thinking women. Therefore there are more role models for younger women, more of a general prevalence of women in law that didn't always exist when I was growing up. My daughters are 16 and 13, and just the way they interact with their male peers today is so different. It was better for me than it was for my mother, and it's even incrementally better for them than it was for me.
What you always see is that despite 20 years of women working at firms, there still are as few women in the top partnership roles today as there were 20 years ago. So does that indicate real progress? Are there more women out there today practicing law, and doing it happily, and managing their families and personal lives and excelling? Yes, absolutely. The challenge, the real question, comes when you get to the upper echelons: Do women make it there? These are the positions where we need more women, not just in doing-all-the work-behind-the-scenes roles.