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Posted on: Mar 28, 2018

What two traits do many successful women lawyers have in common? Research reveals that grit (defined as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”) along with a growth mindset (a view that one’s strengths and abilities can be developed through dedication and effort) are two important traits that have been shown to impact the success of women lawyers.

For tools to assess and learn these key traits and unlock opportunities for professional growth and advancement, see “The Grit Project Program Toolkit” of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, available online here.

This article was submitted by Patricia Orloff Erdmann, Office of the Attorney General. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Women & the Law Division, please email Kara Sikorski at


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