According to the Wall Street Journal, new Census figures show that women now account for a third of the nation’s lawyers.
Women held 33.4% of legal jobs – including lawyers, judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers – in 2010, up from 29.2% in 2000. In 1970, women constituted just 4.9% of the nation’s legal profession.
Despite women’s greater presence in the field, wage gaps between men and women persist. In 2007, for example, the median income for female lawyers was $90,000, compared with $122,000 for male lawyers, according to research by Harvard economists.
Fewer women are also found in law firm management positions. At large law firms, women make up just 15% of equity partners, and just 4% have a women in the role of firm-wide managing partner.
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