Women Lawyers: Infographic

Women make up 33% of the legal profession. But are they really equal to men? Do they make the same amount as their male counterparts? Are they offered the same opportunities to advance in their careers? What are their reasons for leaving the industry?

WashULaw created an infographic examining the state of women lawyers. Our infographic traces the history of prominent women in law to the present, the progress women have made since then, to the structural obstacles inherent in the legal industry today which they must surmount in areas such as:

  • the pay gap (women lawyers earn only 87% of men lawyers’ salaries)
  • career trajectories, promotion and leadership (10% of firms have women chairpersons, 12% as managing partners, and 19% of equity partners are women, and 11% of the largest law firms have no women on their governing committees)
  • retention rates (women are more likely to leave before the third year, just as they are about to reach higher levels of profitability)
  • reasons for leaving (women were 10 times more likely to leave due to dependent care responsibilities)

Our infographic also draws attention to the positives, calling out the 10 best law firms for diversity with respect to women according to legal ranking publisher Vault’s most recent survey, as well as potential solutions to eliminate disparity and empower women, as laid out by the ABA Presidential Task Force on Gender Equity and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation.

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