Men may be from Mars and women from Venus, but if there is one thing that connects us, it's that we'd all like to be paid more for our work. However, women lawyers are still lagging behind men at law firms.
The National Association of Women Lawyers has just released a study that shows that female attorneys make less money and receive fewer promotions than males. According to the study, this is in part due to new structures that make it difficult for female attorneys to advance. This despite an increase by law firms in diversity initiatives, maternity programs and part time policies designed to help women.
The news is fairly bleak: women make up only 15% of equity partners at top U.S. firms and are barely involved in influential committees at their firms. At nearly half the law firms, the top ten rainmakers are all men. This despite the fact that women make up nearly 35% of all attorneys in 2008 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, while female associates receive similar compensation to male associates, on average they receive only 85% of what higher level male attorneys make.