Note: This month the New York Women’s Bar Association launches a bi-monthly column by yours truly called (yes, you guessed it!) Be Your Own Advocate. Enjoy!
It’s easy for women attorneys to feel discouraged about their prospects. This economy has been disastrous for many — but even before the crash last year, progress toward parity seemed to have stalled. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, from 2002 to 2008, the median salary of full-time women attorneys was just 75% that of men. The relentless push for billable hours that marks the law’s shift from profession to business seems to only be getting worse. And NYWBA’s Survey of Manhattan Law Firms notes that “[a]lthough women have constituted nearly 50% of all law students for more than two decades… women still constitute only 35% of full-time attorneys at Manhattan law firms” and 17% of equity partners.
Yet even in this climate, there are women attorneys who thrive. [read entire article]