Women are told all the time that they’re not as good as men; I hear it all the time. “Why didn’t you speak up?”; “That was Tod’s idea, wasn’t it?”; “Go get some coffee while the men talk” and other phrases all come up. We women even face a glass ceiling in many traditionally male jobs – CEO, business partners, welding, firefighting, police work, and many others that have only recently opened up to females.
Another woman who knows how hard it can be to shatter that glass ceiling is Helane Morrison. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. When she attended college, she got a degree in journalism. However, she was never one to stop after one goal had been accomplished and promptly set off to study law. While she was studying for her law degree, she put her journalism degree to good use and became the editor in chief of the law review at the University of California Berkeley School of Law.
After she graduated with her law degree, Morrison worked as a law clerk in the 7th circuit US Court of Appeals. Shortly thereafter, she began to work under Harry A. Blackmun. From there, she worked at the Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk, and Rabkin law firm in 1986. In 1991, she became a full partner at the firm.
During her time at this particular law firm, she became a force of integrity in the financial world. There are people termed “untouchable” due to how much money, power, and influence they accrue in whatever job they have. These are the people she started to take down; one at a time, she would find a way to bring the “untouchables” down in the financial world using the law. A couple of said people she brought down include the CEO of Google and of HBO and Co.
In 1991, Morrison changed jobs again. She went to work for the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC. Here, Helane Morrison continued her work of taking down those that had too much power, money, or influence for the regular courts to bring down. Smaller courts would have the same issue if it weren’t for Morrison.