Women of Color in U.S. Law Firms

Deepali Bagati (Catalyst)

The purpose of this report is to delve deeply into the experiences and perceptions of women of color working in law firms. Their accounts of stereotyping, exclusion, relationships with others, access to opportunities, and unique work-life challenges are used as a benchmark and compared to the experiences and perceptions of their colleagues (white women, men of color, and white men). As U.S. law firms continue to stress inclusion as well as diversity, we hope they will consider and act upon these findings and on the recommendations presented. The desired results are twofold: to improve how women of color fare in their legal careers, and to help firms maximize the potential of all their lawyers.

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