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Equality is only available to women who conform with traditional male values

Talented women lawyers struggle to make partner level in large firms who continue to operate in a masculine working environment

19 November 2013

Statistics produced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority tell us that of those holding practising certificates in 2009, 45.2 per cent were women. The trend over the previous 10 years is encouraging because that 
45.2 per cent represents an 
86.9 per cent increase from the figures at the turn of the millennium. Women also held 61.7 per cent of the registered training contracts.

If trends continue then the gender mix of the profession should reflect the population mix and all ought to be rosy However, the reality is different.

Equality, is often only available if a woman's objectives and priorities conform with traditional male ones. During their lives, an average man's priorities change less than those of an average woman; childcare/elderly care responsibilities and domestic duties still largely fall to the women, even if outside help is paid for.

Juggling all of that with a professional career is harder for women than for most men...

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