Hastings Women’s Law Journal


This 1996 empirical study explores the quality of the professional and personal lives of a selected sample of women lawyers practicing in San Diego, California. The sixteen women interviewed are successful and productive attorneys. Their stories show these women lawyer's ability to find solutions to work-family issues. They are super women, managing rewarding careers, marriage, family, and community responsibilities. Women have found workplaces that accommodate conflicting demands, and thus allow for a balanced life. They have realized contentment in their professional and personal lives, but this research suggests a persistence of role conflict, a clash between their ideals and their self-perception. Women can have it all, though "all" is measured by each woman's perception of ambition, success, and productivity.