It is now common knowledge that female headcount within the ranks of Big Law partnership, both equity and non-equity, has held steady for the past few years at around 20 percent. The obvious question is: Why?

First to resolve that question, it is best to take a step back and reduce the problem to a more immediate issue, one that often simmers beneath the surface in society at-large (e.g., the Google anti-diversity memo). Ultimately, who bears the responsibility for this state of affairs: the woman or the firm?