Posts by Katherine Kimpel

Kate Kimpel is the Senior Editor of Shattering the Ceiling and is also an accomplished civil rights lawyer. She represents women and people of color in discrimination cases (and other kinds of employment and civil rights matters).  When not lawyering, she likely is bragging about her hound dog Ulysses, inventing cocktails to serve at her next dinner party, or convincing her husband to watch reruns of a Joss Whedon television show (any of them will do). 

Changes on the Horizon

For you loyal readers out there, you may have noticed that things got quieter and quieter over the past year, only to get very quiet this summer.   Simply put, things are changing at your favorite feminist blog. The blog used to be written by a whole bunch of lawyers and other committed folks at the […]

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When Gender Protects The Underqualified

About a year ago, Hillary Clinton showed her chops during the eleven-hour farce more commonly known as the Benghazi hearing. I wrote about the heightened scrutiny that women, including Hillary, face. I also wrote that, when listening to Hillary in the final hours of that day, I heard poise. I heard patience. I heard graciousness […]

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Bernie Bros, Clinton Foes and the Supremes

If it wasn’t clear from my prior posts on this, I’ll make it clear now: #ImWithHer.  With that out of the way… Discussions surrounding a particular question have been circulating on my social media feeds and at my office: should Bernie drop out?  As someone who is closely aligned ideologically with Bernie (and with Hillary […]

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Chipotle’s New Slogan? “We Care About Our Pigs, Less So About Our Women”

If you go to Chipotle’s webpage, you’ll see that in addition to providing information about its menu, catering options and other logistics issues like locations, contact information and promotions, it talks about how it provides “Food with Integrity.”  Wander into any Chipotle and you’ll see similar messages plastered onto its walls about how important it […]

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Lady Lawyer Lessons*: Is the Discipline Discriminatory?

Many of my friends and colleagues initially responded to the story of a group of armed men taking control of an outpost on federally protected lands with a cross between disbelief and humor.  Talk of “YallQaeda” and “VanillaIsis” abounded. But beyond the humor, there was also a more sobering discussion – the fact that if […]

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The Heightened Scrutiny of Hillary

It’s a bit after 9pm on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  I’m still at work.  I’m exhausted.  I’ve been working since about 10 this morning, and I’m feeling the weight of the day.  Even more, I’m marveling that Hillary’s eleven hour ordeal with the Benghazi and the tedious-email-eyeroll-blah Investigation just wrapped up moments ago.  I’m googling […]

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It’s Time To Remedy The Deafening Silence for Hillary

Last week, I stumbled upon Rebecca Traister’s excellent piece for Elle magazine “I’m A Hot Mess For Hillary.”  Like nearly 12,000 others, I immediately shared it – and then watched many of my female friends in turn share it on their own social media.  The article is compellingly grounded by Rebecca’s unique view as a […]

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Good News For Working Women

It’s not every day that we get to report good news for working women – especially that there is good news for working women coming from the Supreme Court.  Today is one of those days. As we’ve previously written, the Supreme Court was considering the case of Young v. UPS.   That case raised questions about […]

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Lady Lawyer Lessons*: #LeanIn #LeanOut : The Hokey Pokey Pay Game

Recently, many of my clients and friends have been discussing problems and questions surrounding negotiating their pay.  One observed that, after negotiating her starting pay with her employer, her supervisor branded her as a trouble-maker – a reputation that, when she asked for a raise two years later, led to them (wrongfully) terminating her.  Along […]

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Ava DuVernay and the Blame That Women Carry

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the movie Selma and all of the controversy that has swirled around it.  One way you could frame that controversy might be to lay out this series of questions that could be asked: Why wasn’t the movie more historically-accurate when it came to President Johnson’s position regarding the […]

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