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Women lawyers continue to lag in partnership positions, pay

Paul Caron quotes NAWL's 2017 Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Womein in Law Firms: "This year’s survey demonstrates a continuation of a pattern observed over the last 10+ years, that numbers of women in equity partner positions in law firms have increased slowly, if at all, even while there has been some improvement in other areas, such as representation on governance committees. ...

Of primary interest, given the focus of the Survey and the NAWL Challenges, are the numbers for women equity partners and other leadership positions in law firms. Compared to 5 and 10 years ago, this year’s Survey shows a small increase in the percentage of women equity partners (19 percent in the 2017 survey compared to 15 – 16 percent in the 2012 and 2007 Surveys). While this increase is welcomed, law firms continue to fall short of the original NAWL Challenge goal of 30 percent set more than 10 years ago, and long-term sustained progress will be required to achieve the Challenge goal."


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