NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE:
Earlier this year, Catalyst released a report filled with data about women in law professions in the United States. For example, women made up just 18.8% of Fortune 500 general counsels in 2010 and just 16.0% of Fortuen 501-1000 general counsels. Furthermore, 12.3% of female lawyers practice business law compared to 14.6% of male lawyers.
Additional findings in the report include the following:
- In 2011, women made up 31.9% of all lawyers.
- Women were 45.4% of associates in 2011.
- Women were 47.7% of summer associates in 2011.
- Given the same rate of change, Catalyst estimates that it will take more than a woman lawyer’s lifetime to achieve equality.
- 11% of the largest law firms in the U.S. have no women on their governing committees.
- Women partners constituted only 16% of those partners receiving credit for having $500,000 worth of business or more.
- Only 23% of all federal judgeships were held by women, and only 27% of state judgeships were held by women.
- The gender wage gap exists across the board with women’s salary as a percent of men’s for equity partners at just 86%, for non-equity partners at 95%, and for of-counsels at 92%.