Mismeasure of Success

10 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2021 Last revised: 21 Apr 2021

Date Written: Spring 2021


Using feminist standpoint theory, this essay explores the idea that solutions proposed by big law firms to retain women miss the mark because they are still framed from the viewpoint of a white man. This is not because the white male perspective is bad; it is simply not the lived experience of the women for whom the proposed solutions are intended. Reframing the measure of success using a feminist standpoint would have us reconsider whether the primary reason women leave big law firms is actually a “problem.” Instead, having multiple demands on one’s time outside work might be viewed as both normal and an indication of well-roundedness. Building workplace cultures using personal fulfillment as a baseline has the potential to make for happier workers who stay in their jobs longer, and in the time of COVID-19, we may just be at an inflexion point that makes such a culture shift possible.

Keywords: women, biglaw, law firms

Suggested Citation

Rubin Gomez, Alissa, Mismeasure of Success (Spring 2021). St. John's Law Review , Vol. 94, 2021, U of Houston Law Center No. 2021-A-3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3801989

Alissa Rubin Gomez (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204
United States

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