Sunday, March 11, 2007

Are we too pink?

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?

7 comments:

tekel said...

I think your color scheme is fine. The only hard-and-fast rule about colors on the web is that they should be readable- so yellow text on a beige background is a no-no. I prefer dark-on-white... so your colors are fine with me.

Edmund said...

but, but I can't read it at work without drawing unwanted attention from my 4 conservative male officemates...waaaaah!

but seriously, great content, I've been waiting for a site like this for a while...

RaisondeBlog said...

"baby pink" text on a "new york black" background would look sweet.

But I may be the wrong person to ask, since I defied Internet Web site color conventions with a white text/dark grey background color scheme - after installing the Mozilla/Firefox/Stylish extension. All this Web reading can be really tough on my 40-something eyes.

Off topic: nice job on the Gitmo back at the High Court post. you lawyer ladies really know how to iron out the creases.

Leila Sadat said...

(sorry if this is a duplicate, but I'm not very technological)

As a breast cancer survivor who proudly sports a pink ribbon, I think pink is a very strong and inspirational color. You go, girls!

John said...

No way you're too pink! It wakes me up to see your fuschia-laden scheme after a morning of Google gray.

Hope Lewis said...

I love pink (didn't when I was forced into it as a small "girl"). Like tekel (above) though, we should be conscious of readability--i.e., high contrast--no brown on pink or beiges. There are ways to reset color schemes for persons with disabilities (or just "over 40 eyes" as another commentator said), but we should be as high contrast and user-friendly as possible. Unfortunately, most of the time I'm reading us in boring old black on white!!
Cheers,
Miss Lou

Virginia said...

I'm a late but grateful arrival. I love the bright pink & the humor & confidence it projects...a welcome counterpart to frequently sorrowful & dreary work of pursuing justice, as well as to the self-satisfied & self-important tone go with the territory. Bright pink is akin to dance (http://ucblibrary3.berkeley.edu/Goldman/Features/dances_shulman.html)
thank you!!
Virginia