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Date & Time
May 24, 2010 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Cypress Room, Tressider Memorial Union

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Book Event Featuring Deborah Rhode and her new book - The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law


Join Deborah L. Rhode, the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and the Director of the Center on Legal Profession at Stanford, for a lunchtime talk on her new book, "The Beauty Bias." “It hurts to be beautiful" has been a cliché for centuries. What has been far less appreciated is how much it hurts not to be beautiful. "The Beauty Bias" explores our cultural preoccupation with attractiveness, the costs it imposes, and the responses it demands. The book explores the social, biological, market, and media forces that have contributed to appearance-related problems, as well as feminism's difficulties in confronting them. Appearance-related bias infringes fundamental rights, compromises merit principles, reinforces debilitating stereotypes, and compounds the disadvantages of race, class, and gender. Bring your own lunch, drinks provided. Free and open to all. The Clayman Institute is co-sponsoring this event with the Faculty Women's Forum.


  • Deborah Rhode headshot
    • Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
    • Founding Director, Stanford Center on the Legal Profession
    • Director, Program on Social Entrepreneurship, Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
    • Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow, 2010-2011
    • Barbara D. Finberg Director, 1986 - 1990
    • Faculty Advisory Committee Chair, Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership
    Deborah L. Rhode is one of the country’s leading scholars in the fields of legal ethics and gender, law, and public policy. An author of over 20 books, including The Beauty Bias, Women and Leadership and Moral Leadership, she is the nation’s most frequently cited scholar in legal ethics. She is the director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession and Founding President of the International Association of Legal...