Compiled for the LCLD Board of Directors every Wednesday, this digest is designed to brief you on the latest headlines about LCLD Members and organizations, as well as thought-provoking articles on diversity in the legal profession, talent development, mentoring, and leadership. Past issues of the Digest are also archived on the LCLD web site.

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1. Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there was Sandra Day O’Connor, an ‘unfeminist feminist’

The Lily, 4/1/19

The first female Supreme Court justice fought hard for women’s rights throughout her career. She just did it discreetly, says Evan Thomas, author of a new biography on Sandra Day O'Connor.

2. Why April 2 Isn't Really Equal Pay Day for Everyone

Fortune, 4/2/19

America's "Equal Pay Day," April 2, is calculated based on all women’s earnings, averaging together the income earned by white women, black women, Latina women, and all other demographic groups. But averages can be misleading.

3. Law Firms, Companies Score High in Equality Study on LGBTQ Policies

Corporate Counsel, 3/28/19

More U.S. companies and law firms support employees who identify as LGBTQ, according to the 2019 Human Rights Campaign Foundation report, with 571 companies and law firms reaching a perfect equality score, and a record number offering transgender health care policies.

4. Why U.S. Working Moms Are So Stressed – And What To Do About It

Harvard Business Review, 3/26/19

Based on interviews conducted with women in four countries, research shows that American moms are by far the most stressed, primarily because of the lack of parental benefits offered by their employers and the government.

5. When and Why Diversity Improves Your Board’s Performance

Harvard Business Review, 3/27/19

Recent studies suggest that gender diversity alone doesn’t guarantee a better performing board and firm. Rather, it's culture—an openness to diversity in various forms—that determines how well these boards perform their duties.

6. Gender-Diverse Companies Thrive Only in Cultures Where Diversity is Embraced

Working Knowledge, 3/20/19

Researchers have noted conflicting results about whether gender-diverse companies perform better than those managed mostly by men. Letian Zhang of Harvard Business School explains why (hint: it has a lot to do with geography).

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