|C-level positions in Law Firms by Gender|
Upward Mobility In a “Feminized” Profession
There has been one “elephant in the room” that has been largely ignored in the professional discussion boards, so I will raise it now. AALL is an organization composed of 75% women. Should we not even consider the possibility that maintaining a professional identity which is aligned with an historically female profession, may limit professional opportunity and have a negative impact on members incomes?
While I value my professional training as a librarian, I believe that ongoing association with a historically female profession will limit professional opportunities available to the next generation of information professionals. It is well
Demographics as Destiny AALL has never acknowledged how this demographic fact may be influence the opportunities and career trajectories available to its members. The ABA which represents lawyers (an historically male profession) encourages lively and open discussion of the impact of gender in the legal profession. It is no secret that female attorneys are under-represented in partnership ranks of Amlaw 200 firms. Why should we think that as law librarians we would be immune from similar obstacles to for upward mobility? Why don’t we take this opportunity to remove one of the obstacles by voting to change the name of the association?
C-level Leadership in Law firms is predominantly male (64% ) to (36%) female.
The positions most likely to be included in the C-Suite are historically and predominantly male (Operations, IT, Finance).
Chief Knowledge/Library/Research Officers represent fewer that 1% of C level positions in law firms ( And many of these C-level positions are held by non-librarians.)
|C-level positions in Law firms by Gender
|Progress to the C-level Since the mid 1980s|
Clevel positions began to appear in law firms in the 1990s.
Librarian Representation in The CSuite. The chart above compares 5 positions ( executive director/administrator, IT, HR, Finance and Libraries/KM) that existed in the 1980’s ( before firms started designating C-level staff) . It illustrates that of the 5 positions the librarians/knowledge managers have the lowest representation in the C-Suite (2% of C-Suite positions), followed by Human Resources Professionals ( at 7%.) Is it a coincidence that the two groups with the lowest representation in the C-Suite are predominantly female? By contrast the 3 positions which are predominantly male have the highest proportion of C-Suite positions (91% of the C-level positions in this analysis).