So, the documentation by the National Association of Women Lawyers of that reality is no newsflash. Here are the results of the survey.
In the past 12 years there has only been a 5% increase of the female lawyers becoming equity partners. They represent 20% of those in that category.
The story, though, which goes untold is the extreme price they might have had to pay to get there.
Did they pass up having a family or even a dog?
Was their mental or physical health negatively impacted?
Were they capable of loving themselves as human beings or only putting value on the acquisitions of titles?
Would they recommend other women follow their career approach?
The current struggle of women in law might be tame to how it used to be. The common pattern for females of the baby boomer generation was to accept what was. Some did make it big in organizations. Many others paid a high price for only achieving Success Lite.
After filing a lawsuit against her BigLaw employer and then being ousted, Kerrie Campbell launched her own law practice. Incidentally, the litigation was settled.
Perhaps the model of success which inflicts the least damage is this: "Learn on the company," then figure out a business to create. Had I to do it over again, I would have toiled away as an employee for 5 years instead of 10. Then I would have had enough going for me to try it out there on my own.
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