Letter from Editors

When we launched the Debevoise Women’s Review in spring 2016, we set out to create a space in which we could have an honest and frank dialogue about the issues women face in the workforce and in the world more broadly. Although conversations around gender and diversity are prevalent in all areas of life, we were still surprised by the extent to which the debate over women’s issues – old and new – dominated the news cycle over the course of our first year. Since we launched the site, the United States saw the first female major party presidential nominee, and the United Kingdom elected its first woman prime minister since Margaret Thatcher. 

Now more than ever, we think it is critical to harness the passion driving the conversations across the country’s dining tables and conference rooms and to tap into the energy that drove millions of people around the world to carry signs and march for women’s rights this past January. It is an exciting time to be part of the conversation, but if history has any lesson for us, it is that the work is constant and the dialogue must be continued long after the headlines fade. 

As part of our commitment to the success of professional women, the Debevoise Women’s Review spotlights topics of interest to professional women and their allies, including the achievements, initiatives and advocacy efforts of women and organizations around the world. We aim to provide a range of diverse perspectives through interviews with leading women in business and the law; thoughtful coverage of conferences and pertinent books and articles; and reflective pieces tying in the personal experiences of Debevoise women, alumni and clients. 

Our goal is to continue to strengthen our community of Debevoise women while encouraging the legal and business worlds to engage in discussion and collective action around the development, retention and promotion of female professionals.

If there are topics you would like to see us cover or if you have an interest in contributing, please contact us at women@debevoise.com.

My Chi To, Maura Monaghan, Annie Balla and Erica Weisgerber