Sisters in Law: Black Women Lawyers’ Struggle for Advancement

15 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2012

Date Written: August 17, 2012


While the presence of women in law school and the legal profession has improved greatly, the uncomfortable reality is that women tend to occupy positions in the legal profession that subordinate them to men. This reality is even more glaring when the position of black women is examined. Black women carry the burden of multiple consciousness which influences every aspect of their professional lives. Multiple consciousness means that black women must be mindful of their professional identity, their gender and their race in navigating the pipeline to power. This paper will explore the multiple consciousness that intersecting identities invoke and offer modest suggestions for the advancement of black women that may prove useful for all women seeking to advance in the legal profession.

Keywords: black women lawyers, race, gender, professional advancement

Suggested Citation

Pratt, Carla D., Sisters in Law: Black Women Lawyers’ Struggle for Advancement (August 17, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Carla D. Pratt (Contact Author)

Washburn Univ. School of Law ( email )

1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
United States
7856701662 (Phone)

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