“Women as Lawyers and as Leaders” explores the incredible evolution of women in the legal profession. Using path-breaking career studies as its foundation, this article analyzes the trends that account for the growing population of women entering the legal profession, like the growing number of women in law school, and the challenges that persist for them within it, like societal gender roles—“structural elements of disparity”. In total, the article provides a panoramic view of the careers of women lawyers, focusing on issues ranging from practice settings to leadership roles to satisfaction, and even challenging myths around topics like work/life integration and generational values.  

This article was published by the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession’s (CLP) digital magazine, The Practice. CLP is a research organization dedicated to providing a richer understanding of the rapidly changing global legal profession. The concepts contained in the article—concepts based on the Center’s ongoing research into gender and diversity in the legal profession—are topics central to HLS Executive Education’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI). WLI is a women-taught program for women leaders in law firms and in-house legal departments. Develop strategies for navigating your career more strategically through personal influence, self-advocacy, and more effective team leadership at WLI.