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ABA's Grit Project aims to help women advance in the profession

Martha Middleton writes: "Alarmed by persistent evidence that women still are failing to enter the leadership ranks of the nation's largest law firms in adequate numbers, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has launched a project to teach female lawyers about some things they surely never studied in law school—grit and a positive mindset. Some researchers say those two traits applied simultaneously can play a crucial role in helping women advance in the profession.

The commission introduced the Grit Project in June. The project provides information on the science behind grit and mindset, and how those characteristics play an important role in career growth. The commission has introduced the Grit Project Program Toolkit as the first step in a series of efforts that can be adopted by law firms, bar associations and other groups to educate female lawyers on these important traits."

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