Monday, August 6, 2018
ABA Journal, Why Do Experienced Female Lawyers Leave? Disrespect, Social Constraints, ABA Survey Says:
Women in law already face unique challenges, but for those practicing more than 20 years, the likelihood of continued longevity becomes even more stark.
That issue was highlighted during the ABA panel discussion “Long-Term Careers for Women in Law: What’s Pushing Women Out and What Can We Do to Keep Them in the Profession,” on Friday during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Preliminary results from a survey of 1,300 respondents from the nation’s 350 largest firms, conducted in partnership with ALM Intelligence, underscored the disparate challenges, stereotypes and burdens women lawyers faced compared to their male colleagues, even at the senior level. For example:
- 81 percent of women say they were mistaken for a lower-level employee, but this didn’t happen to men.
- 60 percent of women said they’d left firms because of caretaking commitments, compared to 46 percent of men.
- 54 percent of women said they were responsible for arranging child care, as opposed to 1 percent of men.
- 39 percent of women said the task of cooking meals fell on their shoulders, compared to 11 percent of men.
- 34 percent of women say they leave work for children’s needs, versus 5 percent of men.
“Too many great minds are leaving the profession,” said JoAnne Epps, executive vice president and provost of Temple University, and former dean of Temple Law School in Philadelphia. “Everyone needs to care about that—not just women, not just men. I really believe that what we bring is valuable, and our loss is significant. If people recognize it’s a crisis, it’s a step in the process to fix this.”
National Law Journal, Women Partners, Law Firm Leaders Have Vastly Different Big Law Lives, Study Shows