Melissa Wylie writes, "In the past decade, the number of women equity partners increased just 3 percent at U.S. law firms, according to a report from the National Association of Women Lawyers.
Women make up 19 percent of equity partners, up from 16 percent in 2007. Women are also in the minority among non-equity partners, comprising 30 percent. An equity partner receives a portion of her income from the law firm’s profits, while a non-equity partner receives a fixed salary from the firm, per LexisNexis.
Diversity among the limited number of women lawyers is also dismal, as women of color represent 2 percent of equity partners. LGBTQ attorneys represent 2 percent of equity partners as well, according to the report."