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Woman Lawyers Hear an Optimistic Bergeson

The large influx of women into the ranks of lawyers shows that the barriers to women in the job market are falling, but the state Legislature has been tougher to break, state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) said Friday.

Speaking at a luncheon to install new officers of the Orange County Women Lawyer’s Assn., Bergeson pointed out that as late as 1976, when the first woman was elected a state senator, the state Senate did not have a women’s restroom.

“The men were eternally optimistic,” she quipped. Now, she said, the 15 women in both houses of the Legislature are optimistic that their numbers will grow.

Installed as president of the 9-year-old women lawyers’ organization was Marjorie L. Carter of Newport Beach. She replaces Costa Mesa lawyer Pamela Sisk Paul.

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