The Last 6.2 Miles: The Work Remaining to Achieve Gender Equity in Professional Service Firms

Arin N. Reeves
November 2013

If achieving gender equity in professional service firms is a marathon, the easy miles are behind us and the miles that stretch ahead of us are the ones that will truly test the depth of our commitment. Across virtually every industry, professional services firms (that are not female-owned) struggle with gender equity in their partnership ranks. They have achieved great success hiring talented women, but our research and work in law firms, consulting firms, technology service firms, architecture firms, marketing/advertising firms, etc., consistently shows that success in hiring women into junior positions does not translate into success in advancing them to partnership and leadership.

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