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Every time I log on to Legal Blog Watch to file a post, I sense the spirit of Lisa Stone. Until Carolyn Elefant and I took over here as co-hosts, she was this blog's first and only contributor. Lisa gave this up to focus on BlogHer, a Web site, a conference and a virtual community, all devoted to exploring women's place in the blogosphere.

The work of Lisa and her BlogHer collaborators was the launching point for an article this week in the Contra Costa Times, "Call Them Equal Opportunity Bloggers," that raises the question, Why is the supposedly democratic medium of the blogosphere re-creating real-world inequality? Noting the emergence of a "blogarchy" of "so-called A-listers who get checked out more often than Lindsay Lohan," reporter Jessica Guynn writes:

"What's perplexing: Nearly all of these Web celebs are men even though more women blog than men. How do men leverage their laptops into giant soapboxes when hordes of women type away in digital obscurity?"

Enter Lisa and her BlogHer partners, Elisa Camahort and Jory des Jardins:

"Together, they decided to stop talking about where the women bloggers are and create a place for women bloggers to read each other and be read by everyone."

Their second BlogHer conference is coming up in July. Meanwhile, I can't help but think that if the blogosphere is tainted by gender inequality, then the legal blogosphere offers more equal opportunity. When I think of the top legal bloggers, I think of as many women as men, starting with my co-host here, Carolyn Elefant. I don't want to get myself in trouble by beginning a list I could never complete, but consider such legal "A-listers" as Denise Howell, Sabrina PacificiJeralyn Merritt, Monica Bay, Joy London, Cathy Kirkman, Diane Levin, Genie Tyburski and Bonnie Shucha. My point is not to single anyone out, but rather to suggest that, among legal bloggers, women have been among the most well known and the most pioneering. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest that the virtual world of the legal blogosphere is a more equal place for women than the bricks-and-mortar world of law firms and courts.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 25, 2006 at 03:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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