Childs: percentage of female partners at CC is ‘not good enough’

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  • I think the real issue is not just the percentage of female partners but the percentage of female equity partners. Otherwise we are just shifting the glass ceiling one level up.

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  • If we are honest, there is a "lads culture" in most law firms, sadly reinforced by some of the female partners. That's the main issue that needs to be worked on. The HR departments are inundated with sexual harassment cases that are just being shelved. Once the envronment is healthier and more meritocratic, women will not have to leave the profession. Treat the causes, don't impose quotas, if your intention is to keep the best ...

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  • I think partners are the one that need maternity coaching- i.e to realise what it involves, that it is not a holiday and that if you take more than 4 months it makes you a human being (and a better mother) not a better candidate for the track to partnership. The reality is that this initiative needs to have a serious and frank female input- and I suspect that neither are there enough at the top to do it and that the ones that are will not really have the guts to flag exactly how bad the situation is in law for women who want to be mothers and partners. Most women at big law firms will never admit that the situation is dire for them to the point of making a change- its easier and more lucrative for their career (and thus for their family finances) to shut up about it and just keep working. To harp on about the sisterhood when you are a lawyer and a mother is even more career suicide than having a baby and taking a humane amount of maternity leave in the first place.

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