Pay discrimination, demeaning behavior and lack of support are not only getting in the way of women rising the ranks within the legal profession, they continue to drive many away from law entirely.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the percentage of female lawyers in the U.S. jumped dramatically from just 8% in 1980 to 29% in 2000, according to data from the American Bar Association. But that same data shows that growth of female lawyers has slowed dramatically since. From 2000 to 2010, the percentage only increased to 31%. Today that percentage stands at 39%, showing a pickup, but women still remain underrepresented.