Ladies, where have you gone? A new report circulated by the American Bar Association has the legal world asking why women lawyers are “still underrepresented at firms,” according to the Legal Blog Watch. As the report indicates, the “number of female lawyers serving as partners at large firms continues to stagnate,” with women representing only 17% of the partnership at private law firms, despite their accounting for about half of all law school graduates and 30% of all lawyers.
Certain pundits have suggested at the disparity between men and women in the partnership ranks results from a gender bias in evaluation of lawyers, with lower evaluations of lady lawyers leading to fewer of their promotions up the ranks. Others have cited the possibility that women sabotage each other in the Big Firm world by evaluating other women more harshly.
Call us crazy, but we’re not so sure that this lack of women at the top is such a slight. Maybe—just maybe—women have figured out that a job that requires 3000+ hours a year, robs you of a social life, and likely won’t net you much more than you’d make per hour as, say, a decent massage therapist, isn’t necessarily a gig worth sticking around for. We’re just sayin’. [Legal Blog Watch and Legal Times]