Virtually every firm claims that it is committed to helping women succeed. And they all seem to offer an array of women’s programs affinity groups, business-development training and work/life balance initiatives.
Firms talk a good line, but how many can demonstrate that they are promoting a strong percentage of women into the equity-partner ranks?
We probed that question by compiling partnership data as part of The National Law Journal’s NLJ 250 survey, which ranks the largest firms in the United States by headcount. Data collected from 221 firms show that women represent 15.1 percent of equity partners. Among all partners equity and nonequity the figure is 18.8 percent.
That’s progress since 2003, when NLJ affiliate The American Lawyer compiled similar data, though the pace of change has been slow and tenuous. The overall percentage of women in equity and nonequity