Women in law: That dull glass ceiling
Women love the law. That basic fact - that ambitious women have been flocking to a career in law in vast numbers for years - is often lost in the debate about their limited role at the senior end of the profession. According to the most recent Law Society Statistical Report, women now make up 61% of law firm trainees in England and Wales - and have accounted for approximately half of those entering the UK profession for around 20 years now. But more than a generation after women began turning to the profession in serious numbers, the pipeline that takes those aspiring lawyers from trainee to partner still has a gaping hole in it. Consider this: on current trends, a male joining a large commercial law firm is statistically more than three times more likely to make it to partner than his comparable female equivalent.
Women have been flocking to the legal profession for a generation – yet still fail to make it to senior roles. Alex Aldridge and Alex Novarese chart the status quo and the pressure building for change
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