“Close your eyes and imagine you’re in one of your firm’s other offices, where you don’t know anyone, and as you walk by an empty office with the door open, it catches your eye,” said Linda Bray Chanow to an audience of predominantly female legal professionals at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Women in the Profession Summit on Thursday. “You look around and you see the desk, the computer, pictures of children on the wall, a plant in the corner, a podium for practicing oral arguments and diplomas on the wall. As you turn to walk away, the secretary outside the office says that attorney is out on leave and will be back tomorrow.”

Chanow then asked audience members to raise their hands if they pictured the attorney as being a man. Then she asked them to do the same if they pictured a woman.

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