This essay discusses why women lawyers have not been as successful in large firms in spite of graduating from law school in large numbers over the last twenty years. It begins by giving a snapshot of the state of women lawyers, including women lawyers of color. It includes stories and studies of women’s struggles at these firms. It also describes why Title VII has not worked to solve the problems associated with being a successful woman in a law firm. Finally, it suggests some potential solutions that may help women be more successful in these environments.
Theresa M. Beiner, Some Thoughts on the State of Women Lawyers and Why Title VII Has Not Worked for Them, 44 Ind. L. Rev. 685 (2011).