Gender Inequality And Gender Equality

1367 Words Jun 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Introduction:

Gender has and continues to be a contentious issue within the legal profession. Despite Anti-Discrimination legislation and diversification of the supply side, women still account for only one-fifth of Partner positions. So whilst the glass ceiling may have been shattered to an extent, the “pipeline to power remains elusive for most women”. Engagement with gender can assist in explaining this paradox. When coupled with consideration of other social classifications such as race and class, a clearer picture emerges of a legal profession in need of reform. This essay will primarily focus on commercial solicitors as gender inequality is most evident in this area. I sat down with corporate city lawyer, Amy Fenny, to help reframe the existing dialogue on gender equality by assessing gender bias and its impact on those who seek and attain positions of power within the legal profession.

1) Why do you think that it is important to have a diverse and equal workforce? Why does gender equality continue to dominate the debate on women in the workplace?
The benefit of promoting equality within the workplace is three-fold. It is important that as a society, we are seen to be representative and inclusive. Without equality, society lacks legitimacy and therefore undermines public confidence in our institutions. A business case can also be proposed for the promotion of equality within the legal profession. A more diverse workforce ensures the diversification of market…
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