Breanna Needham, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Breanna Needham recognized the inequities surrounding the existing change/lounge rooms for male and female lawyers and took decisive and meaningful action, starting a change.org petition calling for a universal robing room at Osgoode Hall. The change.org petition was accompanied by an extensive social media campaign. She garnered the assistance of male allies in the profession who took photos and videos of the male’s robing room to demonstrate the significant disparity and tweeted them out to her expanding base of followers. “As a direct result of Needham’s actions, on February 20th, the LSO announced that they are working to create one dedicated gender-neutral space for all barristers to robe and network in what is currently the men’s robing room. All lawyers, regardless of gender, may now share the same benefits of mentoring and relationship-building that are part and parcel of this physical space.”
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