The law firm of SmithAmundsen recently screened Balancing the Scales at its Chicago office and streamed the presentation to eight other offices worldwide.
Partner Michelle L. Casper said, “the movie challenged us to think about ways in which we could change the cultural narrative for the women attorneys and leaders in our firm. It also served as a springboard to our efforts in launching the firm’s Women’s Attorney Group.
Another attendee said, “this was one of the top presentations on diversity that I have attended.”
Sharon recently returned from a week long tour to Ukraine and a month long tour to southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos.
The trips were sponsored by the US Department of State and American Film Showcase. In addition to screening Balancing the Scales, both at the International Film Festival in Kiev and private and public screenings at the US Embassies and other locations, Sharon gave presentations at many universities, government ministries and public forums about gender equality in the US and how to make a difference in developing countries. In addition to meeting with the US Ambassadors to Laos and Myanmar, and with the U S Deputy Chief of Mission in Vietnam, she had discussions regarding the rule of law with local legal and human right civil society organizations. Finally, Sharon conducted filmmaking workshops for young filmmakers who were trying to promote social change in their country through their films.
Have Women Lawyers’ Expectations Changed in the Past 50 Years?
This was one of the most poignant questions asked at a recent viewing of “Balancing the Scales" in Las Vegas.
Future journalists discussed attitudes towards female lawyers and journalists with Sharon and American filmmaker Andrea Nevins.
The U.S. directors presented their works at the American International Film Festival in Kiev and other cities in Ukraine. The discussion with journalism students about gender equality and how it affects women's careers took place at the Institute of Journalism Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Sharon was selected by the American Film Showcase and the U.S. State Department to screen her award-winning film "Balancing the Scales" to audiences around the world, and to give presentations about gender equality and filmmaking to filmmakers, lawyers, journalists and students. Her first stop was in Kiev and other cities in Ukraine, screening at the American Independence Film Festival, where she was introduced to the audience at the Festival premiere by the US Ambassador to Ukraine. Sharon told the audience, "We are thrilled to take part in this discussion and hear voices from around the world"!
Sharon will be traveling to several countries in southeast Asia this spring as part of the American Film Showcase program. Stay tuned!
In honor of International Women’s Day, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, along with the Association of Corporate Counsel hosted a screening of Balancing the Scales.
Sharon is pictured with Tori Payne, Jill McAlpine, and Adrienne Hamilton.
The turnout was great and the after-screening questions were outstanding.
Sharon was invited to screen her film at Foley & Lardner in honor of International Women’s Day.
Balancing the Scales was shown to twenty-two offices worldwide, including Los Angeles and Tokyo via video conference. The audiences asked really great questions including the how-to of practical steps that firms can take to reduce the attrition rate for women and minority lawyers.
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.
In March, Sharon Rowen received an award from the Diversity Law Institute for her groundbreaking work on the film “Balancing the Scales.”
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.