Clark speaks from experience. She was the first woman to serve in the special trials unit in L.A.'s district attorney's office in the '90s. Contrary to public perception, Clark said she never experienced gender bias from Simpson attorney Johnnie Cochran or Judge Lance Ito during the trial. But she added that women who are in the limelight, as she was, tend to get scrutinized in a way that men don't.
"Looks are always considered a fair topic for comment in a way they never are for men. On a behavioral level, I think women are often in a lose-lose position: Don't show emotion and you're too tough.... Show emotion and you're a wimpy 'girl,' not strong enough to handle the gig. Although I think we're making strides to get out of those binds, it's going to take a while before women are judged with a fair measuring stick."
In "Guilt by Association," Clark weaves two female colleagues into the story line — both of them supportive and humorous foils.
"To the extent that I have any political message in the book, it's that I'd like to see women love and support each other more," Clark said. "Women are unfairly depicted as competitive with one another in a way that's unnecessary and counterproductive. If there's one thing I consciously set out to do it's to say it doesn't have to be that way."