Blink and you’ll miss the ‘progress’ for women in law

Just one third of new partners at Australia’s largest law firms are female, according to analysis in the legal section of the Australian Financial Review today.

In an industry that’s now 50.1% female – according to a separate report in the NSW Law Society Journal – that’s simply not good enough.

In 2014, an InfoTrack/Jander Dean study found 75% of respondents believe female lawyers who take a career break are less likely to make partner. InfoTrack CEO Stephen Wood said at the time that parental leave can be seen as the “kiss of death” for those with partnership aspirations.

It’s clear women still come up against hurdles when it comes to family and caring responsibilities. A cultural shift is long overdue.

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