Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Women barely represented in top legal positions

Feminist Law Professors points out that “Women still account for only 17 percent of law firm partners, 20 percent of federal judges and 14 percent of Fortune 500 general counsels. And, at the current rate, the number of women partners won’t reach parity with the number of male partners until 2088.”

That is a quotation from the Harvard Law School Alumni Bulletin, which also reminds us that:

...there is something about the culture of firms that has made it difficult for women to succeed with the same numbers and the same quality of experience. What I keep hearing is that women are just not thought of to the same degree, promoted to the same degree, given the pitches, given the same opportunities men are. You have to make it yourself.


Every female attorney I have ever known confirms that. I remember one very talented attorney telling me that, in her firm, men were dressed down behind closed doors, but women were screamed at in the hallways. Until there are more top-ranking women attorneys in firms, there will not be proper mentoring of the junior female attorneys. And until women stop doing other people's work and start saying "You are not permitted to scream at me," things aren't going to change in law or any other profession.

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