Business Women Gather at McLane to Hear About Economic Status of Women in New Hampshire

July 24, 2007, Manchester, NH:

The law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association is proud to announce its latest involvement in the Southern New Hampshire Women’s Business Network, (“SNHWBN”). On Thursday, July 19th, McLane served as host for “Are We There Yet?” a candid discussion about the Economic Status of Women in New Hampshire.

Business woman Gail Garceau, Dr. Annabel C. Beerel, Professor of Social Ethics from Southern New Hampshire University, Linda Johnson of the McLane Law Firm and Lisa M. Thorne, Director of State Government Affairs from Verizon.

Katie Merrow, Executive Director of the Women’s Policy Institute reported the results from various surveys including findings that the income disparity between men and women persists with full-time working women earning only 71% of men’s median earning; that there is a marriage earnings premium for men but not for women in the state; and that the higher the education level attained by men and women, the greater the wage disparity that exists.

On a more positive note, Merrow’s studies showed women’s earnings in New Hampshire are among the highest in the nation and New Hampshire ranks high on policies that support women’s economic well-being.

“We have a long way to go, but it’s encouraging to be part of a business community that is leading the way in advancement for women in business,” said McLane attorney Linda Johnson, host of the event. Linda is very active in the SNHWBN, now serving her second term on the organization’s Board.

About the McLane Law Firm
Founded in 1919, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association is the largest full-service law firm in the state of New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth. Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.