Why Women and People of Color in Law Still Hear “You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer"

  • November 18, 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building


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Please join APABA-DC, CAMBA, GWAC, HBA-DC, and SABA-DC as we welcome Dr. Tsedale M. Melaku author of  “Why Women and People of Color in Law Still Hear 'You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer'” Harvard Business Review (August 7, 2019) and her new book You Don’t Look Like A Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism. Dr. Melaku will discuss her extensive research on the barriers that women and people of color face in the legal profession as it relates to recruitment, professional development and advancement, as well as provide ways to actively work towards change. 

Dr. Tsedale M. Melaku is happy to sign copies of her book, to purchase one in advance please click here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538107928/You-Don't-Look-Like-a-Lawyer-Black-Women-and-Systemic-Gendered-Racism [rowman.com]  

Bio of Dr. Melaku

Dr. Tsedale M. Melaku is a Sociologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas & the Caribbean (IRADAC) at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. 

Her research focuses on how race and gender affect advancement in traditionally white institutional spaces and how white racial framing and systemic gendered racism play a crucial role in the experiences of women of color within predominantly white spaces. Dr. Melaku is particularly interested in how the intersection of race, gender, and class operates on the experiences of women of color in elite work environments. Presently, she is developing her theories on invisible labor and its impact on marginalized individuals in the workplace. Dr. Melaku is a sought after scholar focusing on diversity and inclusion issues in organizations, including law firms, corporations, educational institutions and other workplaces. Her work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, NBC Left Field, the TODAY Show, and the Fair Observer. Her interdisciplinary research on women in law unites three strands of significant sociological inquiry with impact in various disciplines: diversity in the workplace, women in positions of leadership in corporate environments, and the impact of intersectional identities on advancement opportunity.  Dr. Melaku received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Sociology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and her B.A. in Sociology and Africana studies from New York University. To learn more about her research and interests follow her on Twitter, @TsedaleMelaku or visit her website, www.tsedalemelaku.com.

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