Male-dominated lateral market hits gender diversity at US firms

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  • Isn't it obvious why American firms do badly on female partner numbers? Most female lawyers I know don't want to sacrifice their entire lives for the dollar.

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  • Manyt UK firms are still struggling to get to grips with women's issues and it is clear that the US firms are lagging behind further.
    Nevermind the social impact this has and the current call for more women in boardrooms at home and overseas, it is about time the male dominated legal profession wake up to the fact that women can bring something very valuable to the table with their practical approach. Too many men spend too much time theorising and not doing, while too many women tend to just get on with the job and get ignored because they are not demanding that the boss gives them credit.
    Women need to speak up about doing well and law firm management needs to start listening. Properly.

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  • Yes women might need to speak up more, but this article suggests that most US firms are actively looking to recruit female partners in London and there just aren't that many women looking. A problem, yes, but not discrimination.

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  • I am pretty sure that the suggestion that only 2% of partners looking to move laterally are women is nonsense (though it has the benefit, for firms, of excusing the numbers by blaming the group apparently adversely affected - women - for not participating in the exercise). I am also pretty sure that women are less than enticed, in many cases, by US firms seeking enormous hours/billing commitments (as Nick Bolter says) when we also know that those firms in many cases pay women significantly less than men at the same level. When we consider that the percentage of senior female representation is also well under 25% in finance both in the UK and the US, and in Parliament, it seems pretty obvious that the status quo in areas other than the law does not offer much comfort for women looking to progress to the top ranks in their chosen professions. Women are often criticised (as in the comments here) for not putting themselves forward in the way that men do; they shouldn't have to do so in a professional environment. Your abilities should not be judged in inverse proportion to your ability to shout about them - unless of course your chosen profession is one of town-crier.

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  • if city firms want to hire more women they should launch family law practices. simple.

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