I'm the generation that went to law school—in my class were five women, which was the biggest class that had ever existed in the state of Louisiana. Today, women in law school are better than half, same thing in medical school. At the time I went to law school, I had two children, three jobs, I ran my butt off to get there. I was a stellar student, if I say so myself. I didn't have time to monkey around, I just had to do my time and budget it and study like all hell. Being one of these five women and being taught by young people who tried to evade the draft for Vietnam—God bless them—was an initiation into realizing that being a good student didn't really matter. I was the blonde in the first row; they couldn't even say my name. When I got out of Law School, I was at the top of my class…if anybody had looked to employ somebody I would have been it.
You know what these guys asked me? I go to a firm downtown to interview. They say, So you have two children. Is your husband allowing you to work? After all of this. And, Are you planning to have more children? And then, finally, would I mind if I did collections for the firm? That means, you know, getting people to pay. So, I never got a job. Whether it had to do with my being a woman or whether it had to be with my being Jewish, I have no idea but I really don't care. I was furious.
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