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FEMALE LAWYERS TALK #METOO (REPORT)

Three respected music attorneys—Jill Berliner, Monika Tashman and Laurie Soriano (l-r above)—break down the issues facing women in the music business and offer possible solutions in an article posted on Moneyish, a year-old Dow Jones finance site targeting millennials.

Tashman, a partner at NYC-based, Fox Rothschild, recalls that after a mere 17 of 86 Grammys went to women, “We left depressed and we didn’t know why, and then Neil Portnow made the comments he made about women having to step it up. We all bust our asses, right? And then for someone to say that we need to step it up—are you kidding? You step it up!”

In the piece, Berliner—who repped Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins and still works with Foo Fighters—recounts horror stories from an early decade-long stint at a prominent L.A. firm. “I don’t think any of this has stopped,” she laments. “I think what’s happened is that women have been given permission in the #MeToo movement to report this, and the people they’re reporting it to are now being forced to listen… People are more willing to talk about it, and I think hopefully there’s going to be consequences where there weren’t before.”

People need to call out bad behaviors, says Soriano of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, whose clients include Frank Ocean, Carly Simon and Marilyn Manson, “because when you remain silent, unfortunately, they tend to get worse… [For] women in my generation, the attitude was just ‘whatever, eye roll, just let the behavior happen and … leave me alone,’” she said. “I think that younger women are understanding that it’s better to call things as they occur and address them.” She already sees improvement: “Even in just the normal conversations that I have with men in my industry—and I mostly talk to men—I’m telling you, the language that is used has changed,” she said. “The good men, they respond. They modify.”

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