Published February 2017
The gender gap at the top of the legal profession remains stubbornly hard to close. In our regular survey we ask what Latin American firms are doing to address the issue, and measure their success.
Gender diversity in the workplace is a hot topic globally in a variety of industries, not least the legal profession. Across Latin America, women in law are invited to events catering to their career development with greater frequency, while firms are discussing how to reduce the attrition rate of senior female lawyers and implementing policies designed to allow lawyers to manage responsibilities at home and at work. Yet our latest research suggests the number of female partners in Latin American firms has not risen in the last three years, while there is still a glaring absence of women leading law firms in most markets.
A history of female role models, a legal market’s comparative youth, investment in technology and an openness to flexibility are just some of the reasons cited for law firms having above average numbers of female partners in markets that score well for gender diversity. Conservatism, founding partners dominating the partnership, struggling economies, and enduring male and female stereotypes explain why progress is slower elsewhere
There is gender parity at associate level, but the number of female partners does not seem to be increasing. Why is it taking so long to close the gap? Rosie Cresswell asks whether it’s just a matter of time or if there are greater issues at play
We invited readers to tell us about female partners of law firms in Latin America who have inspired them. The resulting list showcases a variety of female attributes. As well as being talented lawyers and leaders, they are also role models for younger lawyers who find encouragement in their achievements
Almost one-fifth of Latin American Latin Lawyer 250 firms have just one female partner; a further fifth have no women in their partnerships. Vincent Manancourt talks to women from a handful of these firms about the experience of being the sole female partner in a law firm
Having smashed through multiple glass ceilings to enjoy successful careers on the international stage, Claudia Prado and Elisabeth Eljuri share their views on gender diversity with Vincent Manancourt