Monday, November 4, 2013

Remember Ladies, No Giggling and Speak Like Lauren Bacall... Whoever that is....

The Internet has spilled a lot of pixels over this memo from a "BigLaw" firm directed at its female attorneys. I thought I'd pass it along. The memo includes gems such as, "Don't Giggle", "Your Friends will still like you afterwards, even if you adopt a more formal tone", and of course, "No one heard Hillary the day she showed cleavage." I'm assuming that last one is a reference to Ms. Clinton.

One note reminds women to "Think Lauren Bacall, not Marilyn Monroe." I gotta be honest here . . . I'm 37 and have absolutely no idea what that means. I'm sure younger associates are similarly clueless. Perhaps an example from the past 50 years would be appropriate here?

In any event, the recommendations are not necessarily bad advice - the memo just comes off as condescending and sexist.