The Rhode Island Supreme Court will now accommodate breastfeeding women who take the bar exam. The court’s new policy provides breaks and a private place to express milk during the test. That means mothers no longer have to sit through the hours-long exam in discomfort, or postpone taking the bar.
Jenn Steinfeld of the advocacy non-profit, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, says the accommodation is an important step for gender equality.
“It’s an opportunity to proactively state that people should not have to choose between their role as a parent and their future career or future employment,” said Stienfeld.
Rhode Island is the last of the New England states to provide accommodations for breastfeeding women taking the Bar Exam.