Clients care about diversity. In particular women’s initiatives are a high priority to many corporate clients today. When clients make diversity a priority when picking law firms, female team members or even women-led teams should soon be commonplace in our industry. In many countries around the world, more than half of law students now are female. Many associates are women. Nevertheless, as an industry, we still have a lot of work to do.
A number of studies discovered that female lawyers make significantly less than her male colleagues. What’s curious, many law firm leaders told me that they make no difference in pay based on gender. Male and female lawyers on lockstep are said to make the same amount of money, and the eat-what-you-kill approach is said to be gender-blind.
So – what causes her to earn less money?
Is it her -bad- career choices?
The matters she works on?
Is she not striving hard enough?
Or not “leaning in” enough?
Do female lawyers work less than male lawyers?
Are they perhaps less successful than male lawyers?
Are they less productive than male lawyers?
Watch the video from the International Bar Association 2015 conference: Removing the Glass Ceiling from Above