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Publication date: July, 2010

Source: The Project for Attorney Retention and Minority Corporate Counsel Association

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Annually, a number of sources document the slow gains being made in the advancement of women to the partnership ranks of major law firms, where women now represent only 16% of equity partners nationwide. Each time new statistics like these are released, they garner lots of attention. However, less attention is paid to the challenges women face when seeking to be compensated for their work on par with their male peers. Women law firm partners are a case in point. They earn dramatically less than their male counterparts: equity partners average $66,000 less, while income partners average $25,000 less. This study, based on a survey of nearly 700 women law firm partners, offers insights into their experiences and perspectives about compensation, explores possible reasons for the pay gap, and identifies best practices to close that gap.


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