Where Are All the Women Lawyers? – Deborah Chang and Sonia Chopra, Ph.D.
Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the legal profession today. It is time to put it to good use. As women lawyers, we must help each other to get a seat at the partnership or courtroom table and to realize that this truly can be the greatest job in the world.
In 1987, the first Chairwoman of the newly formed American Bar Association (“ABA”) Commission on Women in the Profession, Hillary Rodham Clinton, made a dire prediction. She believed back then that although women were entering and graduating from law schools in growing numbers, those numbers would not ensure that women lawyers would advance, succeed, or assume positions of power in law firms at the same rate as their male counterparts. Nearly thirty years later, recent studies and reports, including one by that same ABA Commission, have established that her prediction was accurate.