News flash: Women leave private practice

Susan Pinker's new book on the gender gap tells it like it is
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Susan Pinker's new book on the gender gap tells it like it is
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 As we mentioned yesterday, the retention of women in private practice is a hot topic. The latest issue of The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine (which arrived in papers today) includes an excerpt from a new book by Susan Pinker called The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap. The excerpt tells the commonly told story:

  • More women than men graduate from law school…
  • But the corporate law environment is not women-friendly…
  • So, despite the influx of women entering the profession, few stick around to make partner…
  • That’s because women want to spend more time with their kids and often take lower paying jobs with more flexible hours to do so.

Craziest quote: “One lawyer in her late 40s avowed that if her 19-year-old daughter chose to go into law, she’d go into mourning. ‘It’s not a life.’” Yikes.