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15 Trailblazing Women in Law

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Summary: Do you know the history of women in law? Read this article to learn that history.
 
15 Trailblazing Women in Law
 
  • In 1638, American law was first argued by a woman.
  • Since then, women have made large strides within the legal profession.
  • While there’s still a long distance to be traveled for gender equality in law, these 15 women legal trailblazers should be noted by anyone interested in the field of law.

Although law schools are almost equally made up of men and women, The American Bar Association has reported that only 36% of working attorneys are female. Research has shown that women have a high attrition rate in law firms. While the percentage of women during a first-year associate class is nearly equal to that of men, each year women drop out of the ranks. A 2016 study from the New York Bar Association found that only 19% of women were partners at law firms while only 15% of those women were minority women.
 
The reasons given that women leave law vary. Some believe women exit after starting families because the profession does not usually allow adequate work-life balances. Others theorize that women resign from law because of the gender pay gap, sexual harassment, or gender discrimination. No matter the reasons, it is a truth that being a lawyer is not easy and being a female lawyer can have its own unique challenges. Despite law firms attempting to alter their culture, the legal profession continues to be dominated by straight, white males.
 

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