By Regina A. DeMeo
This Tuesday, March 8th is Women’s International Day, and in preparation for two talks that I am leading this week, I came across some very sobering statistics. According to a recent LeanIn study, 1 in 3 women have considered leaving the workforce or downshifting their careers during this pandemic. Burnout is real, and although I have seen it first-hand in the legal industry over the past two decades, the numbers are far worse than what I imagined. From a recent ABA study I learned that of the 1.3 million licensed and actively practicing attorneys in the U.S., approximately 86% are non-Hispanic whites; only about 5% are Hispanic like me, and just 23% of equity partners are women.
The only way change can happen is if we are honest, rather than just suffering in silence.