Dear LiL: I know women in the workforce still fall behind men in terms of equal pay and opportunity but with all the focus on diversity and inclusivity through initiatives such as the Justicia Project is it still true for the practice of law? Signed ~ Are we catching up
Dear Are We Catching Up:
This question is such an important one for women in the practice of law.
While I think we have done a pretty good job over the last 10 years or so to bring attention to the need for equality, we are far from finished with this issue. Recently I came across Dylan Jackson’s “Women, Minority and LGBTQ+ Attorneys Still Struggle to Rise Within Law Firms” article which cited the 2019 Inclusion Blueprint, a collaborative study by legal diversity organizations Diversity Lab and ChIPs. This study indicates that women and other historically underrepresented groups are still struggling to reach equity partnership and be afforded leadership opportunities.
The Diversity Lab study is really something women can take back to their firms with a suggestion that they work toward tracking some of the factors that have led to women falling behind in terms of promotion to leadership and compensation.
We are so thankful to the Diversity Lab for their hard work and invite you to check out their website at www.diversitylab.com.