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Female lawyers outnumber men in Paris

9th March 2012

Research has revealed that the number of women working as lawyers in Paris has, for the first time, outstripped the number of men. There is still a significant gender imbalance, however, when it comes to the proportion of partners in large practices, with males still dominating the highest tiers of the industry by some distance.

An extensive study, conducted by the Paris Bar Association and commissioned to coincide with International Women’s Day, suggests that 7 percent more females than males now hold lawyer jobs in the city; this indicates a marked change from just three years ago when the figures were roughly equal.

Last year, 15.6 percent of female lawyers had risen to the rank of partner, which is up from the 12.6 percent recorded in 2005. This still pales in comparison to the male equivalent numbers, though, which were recently put at 36 per cent – a rise from 29.6 percent over the same period.

The authors of the report noted that, despite the recent advances seen by women in the industry, there is still much to be done before real equality is achieved.