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If women want to stake a claim to equal rights, I’m afraid we’re going to have to share some of our hard-earned privileges with men.

I know it seems like men are always jumping onto our wagon after we’ve made things nice and cozy. But in this situation I think we have no choice but to let them in.

I’m talking about those generous maternity leaves—18 weeks of paid leave is no longer unusual—that are now standard in Big Law. Like me, you never thought there was anything wrong with giving women more lengthy leaves than men.

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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