By Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO, 20-First
In the world’s top law firms, the average gender balance among partners is around 85/15 men to women. This is despite the fact that women have been the majority of law school graduates for many years.
How long will these firms be able to defend their much-vaunted claims to recruiting and promoting ‘only the very best’ when they are increasingly promoting from a fast-shrinking minority of the educated talent pool?
Firms are beginning to feel a growing pressure from their clients. Many of the women who left law firms over the past decades (realising they would never make partner) have gone into corporate legal departments. Ironically, the...