The Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network works to advance women’s-focused leadership and ensure the success of women in public life and the law. We carry out our mission through three core pillars of service: we provide top-notch leadership development opportunities for NYU Law students; we create dynamic public programming and offer a robust line-up of live and virtual events; and we lend our voices and expertise to advocacy and media initiatives that elevate and promote gender equity.

Women’s Leadership Fellows Program 

The BWLN offers a unique leadership development opportunity for JD students at NYU Law. The Fellowship program begins in the 1L year with the Sara Moss Women’s Leadership Training Program, a week-long intensive that takes place during the winter break (January 8-13, 2024); sessions include effective communication, grit and resilience, strategic authenticity, and skills for developing internal and external networks. Throughout the 1L, 2L, and 3L years, Fellows receive individual and group executive coaching, opportunities for networking, and an array of social and substantive camaraderie-building activities. The BWLN also provides one-time financial stipends for Fellows. Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open on September 1. For more information, please view our Inside the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program video.    

Event Spotlight

On April 14, the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network presented its annual symposium. This year’s event featured leading national and global scholars, advocates, and journalists discussing Women’s Rights and Backsliding Democracies. For symposium videos and related content, visit Ms. Magazine: Women’s Rights and Backsliding Democracies.

Women’s Rights and Backsliding Democracies: Fireside Chat with Professor Melissa Murray and Jessica Valenti