I love coming to this eventbecause women are amazing.
So this is my firstcelebration event.
The alumni communityat Harvard Law School is certainly extraordinary.
Harvard Law School womeninclude Supreme Court justices, attorney generals,heads of state courts.
I feel like almostany problem I had, that if I just gotout my directory and made a couple ofcalls, I could solve it.
This has been anabsolutely amazing program.
I've seen and met peoplefrom all walks of life, including a playwright, a techentrepreneur, former president of Ireland, politicians.
What a tremendous experience.
It's been 65 years sincewomen have been here at Harvard, which is amazing.
But it's only 65 years.
I was going to goto Yale, and then when I learned that Harvard wasgoing to take women, I said, I've always wantedto be a pioneer.
Is there anyone here inthe room was class of '68? Hands up, anyone? No one? I'm that old? Oh well.
We felt like we were onthe brink of something incredibly exciting.
And yet so few women wereout there as role models.
When I went back toIndia in the mid '80s, I was one of very, veryfew women for that time, for about 10 years, incourt as a barrister, litigating every day.
We had almost nowomen professors.
There were almost no womenpartners in big firms.
Very few women, veryfew opportunities.
Unyielding clients,and skeptical judges.
So we were stepping into thisexciting career, but many of us didn't have people who lookedlike us on the other side.
So it was incredibly excitingfor me to join the faculty, and to finally be at thefront of that classroom, where the women in the classcould have someone like them at the front of the room.
We've made progress.
We haven't made as muchprogress as we would like, but for instance now, womenare being hired by law firms.
Not like Sandra Day O'Connoror Ruth Ginsburg got out, and they couldn'teven find legal jobs.
The problem is we'renot retaining women at the higher levels oflaw firms and corporations.
I think there area lot of barriers.
I mean, when I talk toa lot of young women, they ask me aboutwork-life balance.
I think a bigchallenge for women is how you, quoteunquote, "do it all.
" Even when you havetwo professionals, it's very often the manwhose career dominates.
Professor Hilary Sale alwayssaid you can do it all, work through the chaos,live through the chaos.
You just might not beable to do it all at once.
I determined when I was a smallchild that I would study law.
I can't remember a time whenI didn't want to be a lawyer.
I feel like I'm living mymother, my grandmother, my great grandmother'swildest dreams.
Women are now doing thingsthat we did not dream women could do when we were here.
I believe that what makesthe Harvard Law School alumni so extraordinaryis their willingness to give back to society.
They have been successfulat every level, but they've never forgottenthat they didn't get there by themselves, and they'rewilling to give back to their communities.
So raising our voices, to me,means using our Harvard Law degree for the greater good.
My education atHarvard Law School is the foundationfor everything good that happened in my career.
The critical thinking, theintense debate, the need to really, really think.
I deeply believe that thewomen from Harvard Law School are uniquely positioned to beleaders, not just in the United States, but around the world.
They taught me to speak up,to argue, and to succeed.
We've been trainedto use our voices.
We have an individualresponsibility, but also, a collectiveresponsibility to use that power and to usethat voice to make positive change in the world.
The advice that Iwould give women today is not to underestimatethe task at hand.
We're realizing our ownpower, and our own strength, and our own voice.
And above all, to be passionateabout what you want to do, so that the many hurdlesof life that women face, you will stay the course, andpassion will help you overcome.