The importance of knowing your value as a woman in eDiscovery
At the beginning of the year, our team was working hard to prepare
Unredacted panel discussions for LegalWeek 2020. We were tasked
with creating discussion topics, and for years, I had wanted to start the conversation
of women in eDiscovery. I knew this was my opportunity to gather a group of my
colleagues and share our insights on the subject.
Leading up to LegalWeek, I had a series of revelations that
helped me see that I was undervaluing my professional contributions. I met a
strong woman who called out my insecurities and reminded me I had no reason to
doubt myself. I read the book, Know Your Value–Women, Money, and Getting
What You’re Worth by Mika Brzezinski, which called out the struggles women deal
with in their careers, put on them by others and by themselves. I had a three-year-old
girl at the time, to whom I wanted to show the best, strongest version of
myself. All of these things seemed to hit me at the same time, and I knew I
needed to start a conversation about women knowing their value in eDiscovery. I
felt a call to action–this was a personal subject for me. I always assumed that
the way I felt wasn’t shared by other successful women, which was isolating and
untrue. Having these conversations in the open, with others who share your
experience, helps you feel empowered. You need to realize the wealth of
knowledge and expertise you bring to the table as a professional woman in eDiscovery.
The legal technology industry is a male-dominated field. Climbing the ladder of my career was an uphill battle (as it is for many women, I’m sure). I often felt like I needed to overcompensate. It was also a balancing act between being a mother, an employee, a partner, a friend, a daughter, a coworker, etc. It would have been an easier climb had I known my worth and was confident that I belonged just as much as anyone else.
I have met so many amazing women in my career. The women I
invited to the panel come from all walks of life and in some way have made an
impact on me during my career. I was fortunate and grateful that all of them accepted
my invitation to have this open discussion with me. Our conversation hasn’t
left my mind since; I have been applying things we’ve talked about every day
for me and other women to feel the same connectivity, community, and
encouragement. My hope is that this mindset and conversation continues on a
larger scale. As women, we are fortunate to have each other to help provide the
solid foundation our ladders need to stand on. If we can, we’ll hold the ladder,
so it can be climbed easier and with less wobbling.