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Revealed: females make up less than 10 per cent of top 100's equity partner ranks
Catherine - If an associate has 2-3 years less experience than another associate then it is hardly fair to disregard that discrepancy when making partnership appointments. While firms should do everything they can to support women who take time out (e.g. by keeping them involved in firm activities, good maternity packages etc) when it comes to making appointments, anything other than a strictly meritocratic approach would undermine the firm's business and create a hostile, resentful working environment.
Your sexist generalisation is also unhelpful. I imagine many women who put their careers first and delay having children would be just as opposed to anything other than a meritocratic partner selection process.
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