Women Are Slowly Nabbing More Law Firm Partnerships

Even though women may be joining big, mahogany-redolent law firms with less zeal than in the not-so-distant past, those already working at such law firms are being promoted to equity partnerships at the about the speed at which a spoonful of old honey travels from the ass of a little plastic bear to its nose. Still, progress is progress, and, according to data the National Law Review gathered from over 200 firms in 2011, women make up 15 percent of equity partners across the country. Good, yes?

Actually, that number hasn't changed much since 2006, except for one sliver of a statistic — among the top 18 firms with profits of $2 million or more per partner, 11 have women that account for more than 15 percent of equity partnerships, and some firms even exceed 20 percent. That might not seem like cause to buy streamers, silly string, noisemakers, and a cookie cake emblazoned with "Congratz 2011 Lady Lawyerzzzzzz" (more z's mean more delicious icing, duh), but it does help demonstrate that firms with only one track for leadership positions (single-tier partnership firms) are better at promoting female employees than firms with different tracks for equity and non-equity partners. Female representation in all partnership has also risen to 19 percent, so there's also that for all of us to get excited about, although maybe it'd just be nice to know that people who spend all that time and money toiling through law school will still be able to get jobs that don't involve reviewing the local pop-up Christmas store's live reindeer liability insurance in between rearranging the Pointsettia displays.

Big Law And Women: Closing the Gap, Very Slowly [WSJ]

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