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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  • What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.

    Hilary Clinton
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt