As part of Women’s History Month, the Marquette University Institute for Women’s Leadership released its first white paper, entitled Law Firm Equity Initiative, examining the status of women in the Milwaukee legal market. (This survey went out to all firms with over 10 attorneys in the metro area—more on methodology in the report itself.) I am honored to be the author of this report knowing that transparency is step one in bringing about any change.
My motivation for doing this study came from watching the remarkable progress that companies in Wisconsin have made in the last few years in terms of placing women on their boards. Inspired by what transparency and peer pressure has accomplished in the corporate world, I hope that we can hold a mirror to our legal community and also ask what we can do better.
When I graduated law school (don’t ask—it was a long time ago) and did not see women in leadership roles, I was told it was a pipeline issue—just give it time and women would ascend to the heights of leadership once there were equal number of women graduating. So, has that story played out? Not so much. Continue reading “Institute for Women’s Leadership Releases Report on Law Firm Equity Initiative”