Despite the fact that in the new #MeToo era, women across the country are taking charge and leading movements for gender equality and equal pay, women continue to be underrepresented in private practice, especially when it comes to attaining leadership roles. In fact, in the last year at the average law firm, from associate to equity partner, women’s representation has increased by no more than a percentage point, a statistic that’s rather depressing.
There are now more women in law school than ever before, but men still lead the pack when it comes to private practice, making up about two-thirds of attorneys in this sector of the legal profession with gender-discrimination suits being filed by women at breakneck speeds. What’s more (but really, less) is that within those private practice firms, only 21 percent of equity partners are women, with women making up just 12 percent of those in firms’ highest firm leadership roles.
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