Why Can't Law Firms Retain Women?

Posted on 04-01-2014 by
Tags: #WomensEqualityDay , woman lawyers , Upgrading Your Skills

Why Can't Law Firms Retain Women? - By Shannon Forchheimer

It's no secret that in large law firms, men fare far better than women.  All one needs to do is review any website of any major law firm (or simply walk the halls) to see that most partners are men.

"Still, I was shocked by an article published in the Washington Post last month, entitled “Large law firms are failing women,” which conveyed some alarming statistics:

“Women are enrolled in half of law school classes and work alongside men in nearly equal numbers as associates.  And yet, women today are twice as likely as men to leave law firms for reasons like work-life balance.  What’s more, in a survey of more than 17,000 law firm associates, women rated their firms’ culture, their job satisfaction and their compensation (to name just a few) much lower than their male counterparts did.  This may provide some insight behind the statistic that only 4% of the 200 top U.S. law firms have female, firm-wide managing partners.”  

FOUR PERCENT.

We women go from making up 50% of a law school class, to 4% of managing partners.

There is clearly a problem here.

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