Female Lawyers Set Sights on Yet One More Goal: A Seat on a Board

Ellen Rosen

Companies want problem solvers who operate within the rules and within the appropriate framework and that is what good lawyers do. But board seats have eluded lawyers in general, and women in particular. Women held 14.6 percent of the board seats on Fortune 500 companies in 2006, according to Catalyst, the research organization that focuses on women in the work force. As a result, two lawyers, Linda C. Hayman and Mary Ann Jorgenson, with the help of a few colleagues, began organizing the DirectWomen Institute.

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