Name and occupation:
Brianna R. Sadler, Attorney. Partner, Madgett Law, LLC.
What do you love most about being a woman?
I have the upbringing of a lady with the tenacity of a bull. Women are now being allowed to be so many different things, from choosing to stay home and raise children to running huge companies! The sky’s the limit, baby. Of course there are still roadblocks, but we have been busting through them with zest since the beginning of feminism! Also, I like that I insightfully know whether my suit matches my shoes, some men will never grasp that concept.
Have you had to deal with much sexism in your industry?
There are a lot of older men who either want to help me or treat me like a “little lady.” Either way, it’s my job to get the best outcome possible for my client, so I have to be a chameleon to cater to however he sees me. Women are also sexist toward other women sometimes, so I have to take the stance of letting them know I am aware that I’m a young attorney and I have a lot to learn from them.
Who or what inspires you most?
My family. My great-grandmother was a feminist, leaving an abusive husband with no money and three kids. She also is reputed to do a mean Charleston. Another (more traditional) great-grandmother used her egg money to buy her children books, so they could be educated and learn English as well as Dutch. My grandmother used her wedding money to go to college. My mother supported my father through college and then went herself. My family (on both sides) has quietly been run as a matriarchy for generations. The fact that these women worked hard to create a better life for their daughters and their daughters’ daughters motivates me to do the same.
Something about you that would surprise us:
I’m also a bartender, and I minored in dance and athletic coaching.
Advice for women entrepreneurs:
Get mad! Women are conditioned from an early age to accept everything in silence, and that’s not the case anymore. If something isn’t right, say something! Don’t just laugh it off. You don’t have to smile if you’re not happy. Finally, no one is going to do it for you, go out and get it yourself!