While women are almost half of the U.S. labor force, they comprise less than 5% of CEOs and less than 10% of top earners in the S&P 500; and for women of color are nearly invisible on both S&P 500 boards and Fortune 500 boards.

Catalyst reports that today, women still get offered fewer of the high visibility, mission-critical roles and experiences that are important to reaching the highest levels of leadership.

When it comes to law firms the numbers are also grim, but they don’t start out that way.

Half – if not more than half – of all law school classes are composed of women.

So men and women enter law firms in almost equal numbers, but then something happens, and the men keep rising and the women become flat or decline, and they wind up leaving their firms according to research by legal intelligence leader Leopard Solutions.

We know that there are a lot of reasons why this happens, including the fact that women are being asked to do more, they have family responsibilities, they’re looking for a complete change since the pandemic and they’re not necessarily always getting the support that they need from their firms in order to succeed.

So why are women leaving the practice of law today? And why aren’t women aren’t making partner like men are making partner in the legal industry today?