However, Klotz says she never let the culture phase her. “I don’t think it deterred me in any way,” she says. “I was brought up with the belief that despite gender roles in employment, you, as a woman, can do whatever you want to do. Period. End of story. You just have to work hard.”
Challenges remain, of course. Klotz says she often discusses with her Primerus™ colleagues the dynamics of work-life balance. Does it even exist? Maybe the idea of finding “balance” is a myth. Klotz says it’s important for women attorneys to reassure each other that it’s okay if they’re not doing everything, or not doing everything well. She says that she notices her female colleagues – those with families, in particular – “tend to take on a lot” of responsibilities in their personal life, including carpools, planning gatherings and maintaining the family social calendar, all while working full time as a lawyer.
“Those kinds of conversations are very important, I think, especially to younger female attorneys as they come up, because I think we do take on those obligations more than our male peers do,” she says.
She and her husband, Michael, have two children. Her oldest daughter, Lindsay, is 21 and will be graduating from Bentley University in Massachusetts in May with a dual degree in marketing and information design and corporate communication. Her daughter, Stephanie, 18, is a freshman at Hunter College in New York City who is considering a career in television production.
Klotz describes herself as a “huge theater fan” and shares her passion for Broadway with her daughters. When theaters went dark during the COVID pandemic, Klotz was at a loss. Pre-COVID, she and her daughters would attend Broadway shows twice a year.