February 23, 2007
Why do the women keep leaving? Sure, we all know the statistics — just 17 percent of law firm partners are women, a figure that’s been stuck in the same place for years.
And we know that in many ways the structure of law firms is about as practical for women with families as a diaper bag flung over the shoulder of a Prada suit and about as flexible as a toddler having a temper tantrum in the grocery store checkout line.
But the reasons for women leaving the law are not always straightforward. Often they find themselves on a meandering path that brings them to places they never imagined in their early days — writing children’s books, wrangling cows or leading visitors through an art museum. (more…)