Both women and men on college campuses are engaged in deconstructing what's being called "Third Wave Feminism." Tomorrow in class, they can present concrete evidence of how females are truly raising the bar in organizational leadership. Today, two women became the chairs of two BigLaw firms.
They are Jami Wintz McKeon at Morgan, Lewis & Brockius LLP and Therese Prichard at Bryan Cave LLP. Here are the details reported by Jennifer Smith at The Wall Street Journal (sup. req.)
Of course, currently, a lot of the attention will be focused on McKeon. That's because Morgan Lewis is in the process of negotiating terms and condtions of a possible merger with Bingham McCutchen LLP.
If the merger goes through, she will be overseeing integrating it so that the combination is successful. Hovering over all recent law firm M&As such as Squire Patton Boggs is the memory of the failure of the Dewey Leboeuf combination.
Students and supporters of Third Wave Feminism likely will analyze these two leaders in ways differently than Second Wave Feminism. For example, they might examine how female leaders are also awakening males to be both professionally successful and whole human beings. An aspect of this is to transcend the platitudes about extreme college drinking and alleged sexual assaults as a type of male animal-house behavior. Instead there are open-ended questions about why that is happening.