In March, Sharon Rowen received an award from the Diversity Law Institute for her groundbreaking work on the film “Balancing the Scales.”
The American Association of Law Libraries recently reviewed “Balancing the Scales” movie in the 2018 edition of the Law Library Journal, Balancing the Scales movie was heralded as a must by law professionals. Reviewer Sarah K. C. Mauldin, said “The interviews are broad ranging and curated in a way that blends many voices to tell the story. Rowen’s interview style elicits genuine and often very funny responses from her subjects, making the nearly hour-long film speed along.”
Balancing the Scales was featured at the Gates Foundation event “Driving Diversity in the Legal Profession.” The event was presented by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with R&K Productions.
Balancing the Scales was featured at the Verizon summit held at the DeLoitte headquarters in Washington D.C., as Michelle C. Ifill, Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Verizon Corporate Services Group and filmmaker Sharon Rowen presented a panel discussion on challenges facing women in the legal profession.
Screening at Walmart - August 2017 (left to right) Kerry Kotouc (Senior Vice President, Walmart), Sharon Rowen, Justice Leah Ward Sears (George Supreme Court Ret)
Creating Balancing the Scales combined 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer and 20 years of interviewing women lawyers from all walks of life. Interviewees include a US Supreme Court justice, civil rights activists, the first women who made it to the top, and young associates who do not yet believe that making partner has odds not much better than winning the lottery. My belief in the law as a tool for social change began when I passed the bar in 1979, and my passion for gender equality started shortly thereafter when a judge ruled against me solely because he didn’t believe that women should practice law. I have committed my legal career to social justice and to the belief that we all should use our time to further human rights in whatever ways we can. I hope this film will ignite a national conversation about topics like breaking the glass ceiling, why our society does not think of women as leaders, and the impossible choices men and women are forced to make between their career and their caregiving responsibilities.
An Invisible Truth: The upcoming project in development with R & K Productions
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Sharon Rowen is a nationally recognized keynote speaker who is dynamic in her approach to bringing clarity to the challenge of gender equality in the legal profession. From Harvard University to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Sharon has delivered the truth about the story of female lawyers in America with humor, transparency, and passion.