Author(s): Bailey Bosch, Rachel Brushfield, Yolanda Cartusciello, Susan Saltonstall Duncan, Rosalie Chamberlain, Debbie Epstein Henry, Joanne Frears, Patricia K. Gillette, Christie Guimond, Clare Harman Clark, Karen Johnson-McKewan, Nika Kabiri, Rachel Khiara, Belinda Lester, Pam Loch, Katherine Thomas, Susan Eandi, Monica Kurnatowska
Publication date: Mar 2019
Although women comprise nearly half of all law students and incoming associates at law firms, and have done so for many years, they remain greatly outnumbered by men at senior levels. If nothing is done to change this trend, the percentage of women equity partners will remain under 20 percent for decades to come.
Slow progress in gender equality at senior roles raises awkward questions for the industry - and highlights the challenges that women lawyers face when developing their careers.
Indeed, at mid-career, when earnings peak, the top 10 percent of female lawyers earn more than $300,000 a year, while the top 10 percent of male lawyers earn more than $500,000. Coupled with this, the number of female equity partners at top US law firms has risen by only five percent in the last 12 years. Although women comprise 47 percent of associate ranks at law firms, female lawyers make up only 31 percent of those entering the equity partnership class.
This book is for women, by women - to help female lawyers progress their careers in an industry still struggling with gender equality.
Written by outstanding women lawyers in their respective fields, each contribution takes a personal and professional view of the legal sector, providing insight and analysis of issues as diverse as flexible working, portfolio careers, unconscious bias and the modern career trajectory.
The book is split into four sections, and begins with the results of original research undertaken by ARK Group in early 2019. Surveying 100 women lawyers from across the globe, we asked women at all stages in their careers to open up about their experiences, from recruitment to retirement, and the challenges - and opportunities - that being female has brought. The results make for interesting, and perhaps surprising, reading.