No question their numbers have increased significantly in law schools and the profession, and while the subject “women in the law” may be an old topic to some, the question remains: why aren’t there more women at the top of the legal profession?

In spite of more women being named judges and general counsels in the business community, long-time attorneys say women continue to make partner in law firms at a slower rate, and usually earn less money than their male counterparts. When they are granted partnerships, women may not be “equity” partners with an ownership stake in the firm. And while more women attorneys are opening their own firms, that may be more a matter of flexibility — to balance family life with work obligations — than an indication of greater solvency.