Amid our very warm 1st-week welcome, for which we are most grateful, were a few suggestions that ’Grrls may be a bit too pink. A few words about our name and colorful identity thus seem in order.
I spent years repeating to students, siblings, spouse, even my just-learning-to-speak son, a lesson learned from the generation before: Call every female who’s reached adulthood "woman." The weight of that label no doubt gave legions of silk-bowed and shoulder-padded lawyers the gravitas they needed to march proper pumps up the rungs of their profession.
But then a discarded label, "girl," began again to gain ground. Law students called themselves by that name, even as they adorned tangerine-tinged iMacs with stickers of The Powerpuff Girls (would love to show you the very pink milieu of Blossom, Buttercup, and, yes, Bubbles, but we fear the Cartoon Network copyright police). And the Guerrilla Girls -- or Gorilla Grrls, a spelling that stresses a certain dissatisfaction with the way things are -- have been upending men-only art exhibits since the mid-1980s. Then there's Code Pink: Women for Peace, a fixture at antiwar demonstrations since the early days of the current conflict in Iraq. In all 3 examples, serious women spiced very serious work with a dash of sass. IntLawGrrls embraces that spirit.
Perhaps our success will be marked by the emergence of a rather different question: Are they pink enough?