A Respected Newswire Diminished A Prominent Female Attorney's Accomplishments In Two Words

Everyday sexism?

Amal Clooney is a renowned Lebanese-British lawyer and activist, particularly admired for her work in human rights and international law. She has represented clients such as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and the states of Cambodia and Armenia. 

She also happens to be married to actor George Clooney.

On Saturday, when respected news wire the Associated Press tweeted an article on the Egyptian trial of Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy (whom Clooney is representing), the organization identified her not by anything on her long list of professional titles, but as an "actor's wife."


Twitter users quickly voiced its disbelief.

AP did not remove the post, but in a later tweet referred to Clooney as a "human rights lawyer."

Clooney's client, Fahmy, was one of the three Al Jazeera journalists handed jail sentences for their reporting on Egypt's 2013 military coup. 

The attorney has been an outspoken, indefatigable champion of human rights, one whose tremendous  work has gained her respect outside of the field, too. 

While some argued that the AP dubbed her "actor's wife" because she is more well-known in the U.S. for her marital status, the article was about her work as an attorney, not her personal life. 

It also points to a media fixation on her looks — from her outfits to her hair — and that she "managed to nab" a Hollywood star who, for so long, was dubbed an eternal bachelor. It's unlikely that George would be described as "husband of human rights lawyer" in any circumstances.

But Clooney's achievements are far and beyond any of that, a fact that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey cheekily pointed out at the Golden Globes this year.


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