Gender diversity is a hot button topic within the legal sector. As an industry that is frequently perceived as “Male, Pale and Stale”, law firms increasingly recognise the need for diversity and inclusion initiatives to support female lawyers in their careers. And bring more women into the legal industry.
These initiatives have driven visible progress in female representation in legal directories, but many jurisdictions and practice areas still fail to represent the status of women in law. Whether through cultural barriers, lack of diversity in submissions from law firms or unconscious bias from client referees.
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the subject of gender diversity in the legal sector has become even more important after it was reported that women were disproportionately affected by the pandemic in both their home and work lives. Women were more likely to juggle a career and caring responsibilities while working from home and were more likely to be put on furlough.
We analyse the state of gender diversity within legal directories over recent years as well as consider what directories and law firms can do to facilitate further progress:
Gender equality in legal directories: where are we now?
A deep dive into legal directory rankings from around the world. Which jurisdictions and guides have the highest – and lowest – percentage of female lawyers?
Not just directories: the necessary cultural changes
There is only so much that legal directories can do to increase the gender diversity within them. The legal industry in general must consider amending cultural practices in order to support women in their roles. We take a look at the options.
Improving your D&I rankings though your submissions
In the meantime, there are methods that firms and Partners can employ to ensure that their lawyers are represented at the level they deserve. Discover the strategies to put in place and what to watch out for in the client feedback process.
The benefits of increased D&I
Legal directories and the gender diversity within them bring big benefits to the law firms who facilitate further progress. Not only in the short-term but the long-term too.
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