NAME: Gloria Rachel Allred
AGE: 69 (Born July 3, 1941, in Philadelphia)
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, Honors English, University of Pennsylvania; Master of Arts, New York University; Juris Doctorate, awarded cum laude, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
CURRENT PROFESSION: Litigation attorney, specializing in civil rights, women's rights and discrimination cases.
CAREER: English teacher, public high schools in Philadelphia and Los Angeles for 6 1/2 years; labor organizer, United Teachers, Los Angeles; founded Allred, Maroko & Goldberg in 1976 with fellow Loyola Law School graduates Michael Maroko and Nathan Goldberg. According to its Web site, the firm has collected more than $100 million in settlements and awards for its clients over the past five years.
FAMILY: Twice divorced. Only child, daughter Lisa Bloom, is an attorney and legal analyst for CNN and CBS News.
QUOTE: "I'm not a politician. I don't put my finger in the wind to try to determine which way it is blowing, to try to curry favor with the public. I do what I believe is right for the women that I represent."