Why do female lawyers quit?

Tauhidur Rahman from University Arizona presents new econometric analysis on the US labour market for lawyers

How do we explain the gender gap among young lawyers? Photo: Wiki Commons.

How do we explain the gender gap among young lawyers? Photo: Wiki Commons.

Thirty percent of female lawyers leave their careers. Yet, neither workplace discrimination nor family obligations can fully and satisfactorily explain this gender gap.

Associate Professor Tauhidur Rahman advances a theory and corroborating evidence that the cultural acceptance of female under-employment is a "privilege in the abstract, but a curse in practice". Utilizing a longitudinal data from the American Bar Association on the career trajectory of young lawyers, Rahman examines the impact of macroe conomic shocks (i.e. the great recession of 2008) on gender gaps in labor market outcomes and provide further insights into the role of asymmetric cultural acceptance of female under-employment.

Commentator:

  • Synøve Andersen, Associate Professor, Forum for Law and Social Science and IKRS.

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Published May 6, 2019 9:17 AM - Last modified June 24, 2019 9:34 AM