Women have come a long way in the legal profession and have made great strides to challenge a system. However, there still is a major gap between women and male colleagues for positions of power and compensation for performing the same work. Everyone can agree that women have kicked down the barriers in the legal profession and have proved to be just as qualified. However, the question still remains, why female equity partners only make up 15 percent of the nation’s 200 largest firm and have not changed since the first survey reported in 2006 by National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)? And why do women attorneys earn 89 percent of what is earned by male colleagues earn?
It is clear the glass ceiling still exists in some form or fashion and women in the legal profession must continue to work harder for gender equality. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), numerous initiatives are underway to end gender inequity in the legal profession. ABA’s Task Force on Gender Equality has noted that it has paired with its Commission on Women Profession making gender equity one of its top priorities. The movement is said to address issues relating to gender inequities in the legal profession. Women in the legal profession are encouraged to join the movement in an effort to end gender inequalities. Women may have overcome discrimination in the legal profession, but gender bias still affects the legal profession.
Ashley Spencer is a licensed attorney with The Spencer Law Firm. The information in this blog is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of this legal subject. Readers with legal problems should consult an attorney for advice on their particular situation. The Harris County Bar Association may refer you to an attorney for legal consultation. Please email or call the Harris County Bar Association at (713) 236-8000.