Face it, a career path in law was always dificult. From what I have observed, it's a whole lot easier and more lucrative making a professional life in financial services. Now, of course, as the legal sector is rocked by change and most firms can't respond effectively and fast enough, maybe smart folks steer clear of getting ahead in law. Or even entering it.
So, it might be a sign of the aware leaned-in women that, as THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL reports, females only represent one-third of attorneys in the NLJ 350 and only 16% of the equity partners. Women may be deciding this isn't the game for them.
For example, if they do enter it, they may make the decision to only invest so much of their energy in upward mobility and the rest in carving out another game for themselves. Those could range from establishing a legalzoom-type service in divorces or becoming a career coach for those in transition.
I had a similar ephiphany about 18 months ago. Social media became a glutted ever-changing field. I opted out and hightailed it back to executive communications. The big bucks rolled in, and on my terms. I never looked back.