Female Lawyers Still Battle Gender Bias

Overview


Andrea Kramer, assessing the continued lag in billing rates for female law firm partners, cited the fact that women lawyers tend to be asked to take on administrative and non-billable “housekeeping” tasks that help law firms run smoothly but do little to boost individual pay or internal prestige. Ms. Kramer noted that the gender playing field is somewhat more level since the 1990s, when men seldom invited female partners out for drinks or to work-related dinners that provide internal networking opportunities, but to further that trend she advised women to refer business to other women, and to tout their accomplishments during pay negotiations.