Ugh. I just attended a bar association on women in litigation. I am actually not a member of the Women's Bar Association. Maybe that means I am a bad feminist. I don't know. But I have never felt disadvantaged as a woman in the profession and therefore I have never felt a need for a bar association just for women. Nonetheless, I attended this particular event because (a) I am a feminist blogger so I should attend events like this and (b) a good friend of mine was running the event.
The panel consisted of some judges and heavy hitters in the profession and the discussion focused on work/life balance and how to function in the profession when you have small children. And at the end, I got all excited and made an impassioned statement about how this issue shouldn't be automatically accepted as just a women's issue. My arms might have been flailing when I was talking and some spit might have flown through the air. I am not sure my statement was completely coherent and it sure as hell wasn't well thought out. I have a vague feeling that perhaps I have just embarrassed myself in front of a number of very powerful and influential women in my profession.
Note to self -- don't make impromptu speeches in a professional setting about topics that make you crazy.