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Kelly Woodruff of the California Appellate Law Group

Most people are aware of Equal Pay Day, which is the approximate day the average woman in the United States must work into the new year to make what the average man made the previous year. In 2018, that day was April 10, meaning the average woman makes $0.80 for every $1 the average man makes. The numbers are, not surprisingly, substantially worse for women of color. What is much less well known is that even in 2018, this persistent wage gap exists even in the legal profession—the very profession tasked with rectifying the unequal treatment of women. Major, Lindsey & Africa’s 2016 law firm partner compensation survey reported average compensation for male partners was 44 percent higher than for female partners. And its 2017 in-house compensation report showed that male general counsel received 17.5 percent higher total compensation than female GCs, and female non-GCs earned 8.2 percent less total compensation than their male counterparts. Law firm associates fare no better. According to a 2014 study by Sky Analytics, female associates make 77 percent of what male associates make.

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