The number of women general counsel leading Fortune 500 legal departments has doubled in the past three years, but there’s still a long way to go before female in-house lawyers gain leadership parity, according to a recent survey. A total of 44 women hold general counsel positions at Fortune 500 companies–9% of the top corporate legal spots–reported the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), which conducted a joint survey with Chicago’s Winston & Strawn.

Among the current group of Fortune 500 general counsel, 22 women have been appointed since 1996, 16 were appointed between 1991 and 1995 and six between 1986 and 1990. More than half of female general counsel run departments with 25 or fewer attorneys, compared with 16% who run departments of between 51 to 100 lawyers.

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