Gender and Global Lawyering: Where are the Women?
34 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2013 Last revised: 21 Jun 2013
Date Written: April 29, 2013
The dual processes of diversity and globalization are responsible for significant growth among U.S. law firms: female lawyers account for much of the increase in headcount in large law firms over the last several decades, and lawyers educated and licensed in jurisdictions outside of the U.S. have helped U.S.-based law firms expand internationally. This article draws on data gathered from lawyer biographies to examine the relationship between gender diversity and globalization, and considers whether career strategies that involve the international movement of lawyers are equally powerful for women and men. Our research suggests that gender inequality is not erased by globalization, and in fact may be reinforced in certain contexts.
Keywords: gender, globalization, legal profession
JEL Classification: F01, J44, J61
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