Audio Recording "If you are going to be an attorney, you're going to have obstacles, you're going to fight them; I've fought them all my life."

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Title
"If you are going to be an attorney, you're going to have obstacles, you're going to fight them; I've fought them all my life."
Contributor Names
Meza, Beatriz (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-12
Subject Headings
-  Lawyers
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Beatriz Meza, an attorney.
-  Summary of audio segment: Did BM anticipate any barriers in the legal world itself? BM says yes, it was even hard in law school There were subtle differences in the way male professors treated female and male students. And maybe that's why BM always went to work for a female attorney, to be around other professional women. BM worked briefly for a male attorney when Ms. Riga left the practice for a while, and the male lawyer asked her to type a document when there were secretaries working for the firm who could do that. BM expected more respect from him, even though she wasn't an attorney at the time. But she knew she would face that sort of thing again somewhere along the line. When she was a law student working as a legal intern, she wasn't treated the same as some of the other legal interns who were male. But once in law school, and despite the reactions of some professors, they can't stop you at that point. You're gonna become an attorney, you're gonna have obstacles, and fight them. BM fought them all her life, so it was just one more obstacle to overcome. She knew there would always be obstacles, not just because she is Latina, but because she is a woman.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A022
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02205
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Meza, Beatriz, and Thomas D Carroll. "If you are going to be an attorney, you're going to have obstacles, you're going to fight them; I've fought them all my life.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003976/.

APA citation style:

Meza, B. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "If you are going to be an attorney, you're going to have obstacles, you're going to fight them; I've fought them all my life.". -09-12. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003976/.

MLA citation style:

Meza, Beatriz, and Thomas D Carroll. "If you are going to be an attorney, you're going to have obstacles, you're going to fight them; I've fought them all my life.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003976/>.