Rising to the top of the legal profession is daunting for any lawyer, but particularly so for women in the hyper-competitive world of law whose upper echelons have long been guarded by powerful men.  Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, who joined the Washington State Supreme Court in 1992 and became C...
[caption id="attachment_37944" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/djedzura[/caption] On April 25, 1973, Seattle attorney Barbara T. Yanick was sworn in as the first female judge on the Seattle Municipal Court. Her 17-year tenure on the court would inadvertently pave the ...
[caption id="attachment_33164" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/wildpixel[/caption] Charlotte E. Ray defied overwhelming racial prejudice and sexism in 19th-century-America to become the first practicing African-American female lawyer in the United States. Her story is...
[caption id="attachment_30671" align="aligncenter" width="260"] Washington's first Black senator, John Henry Ryan. Courtesy Washington State Digital Archives[/caption] John Henry Ryan was a successful journalist, businessman, solicitor and politician who defended Black rights and voices at a time a...
[caption id="attachment_27283" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/eggeeggjiew[/caption] Firing pregnant workers who can’t perform certain job duties like lifting heavy objects is against the law. But that didn’t stop a pair of FedEx contractors from terminating delivery...
The prospect of “vacation” often gives rise to thoughts of faraway lands. Those “bucket-list” trips can be a lot of fun, but they also take a significant amount of time, energy, and money. Some of us even feel exhausted just thinking about planning a big trip—not only in terms of juggling ...
When someone says they “don’t have enough time,” what they really mean is they don’t have time for the stuff they really want or need to do. But in the end, it's always a matter of reorganization. Nobody can create more time out of thin air. We're all limited to a fixed 24 hours per day and ...
The future of work is a growing source of anxiety for Americans. In the 21st century, technology and globalization have dramatically changed the workplace and people’s overall sense of security. Unfortunately, the laws and traditions that traditionally supported workers have not changed along...
Most of us know that women are paid less, on average, than their male counterparts for the same work. But one out of five women don’t negotiate their salary when they accept a job offer. Failing to negotiate a starting salary when you take that first job after graduation results in an average ...
Are you the type that may leave an important task undone for weeks, but even though it’s hanging over you, you complete a hundred other tasks instead? Or maybe you feel guilty about an unanswered email, even though responding would just take 10 minutes. Or perhaps the last time you needed st...