Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has a short Q&A with the author of “Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law,” Lauren Stiller Rikleen. In her research, she found some gender differences:
Q. Are there institutional impediments to the retention and advancement of women lawyers, and, if so, how can they be overcome?
A. We see gender differences in the assignment process; not that women don’t get good assignments, but when there are the less attractive assignments that invariably exist in any firm, women tend to get more of those assignments than their male colleagues do.
Read this question and make sure that it doesn’t happen to you. Don’t be shy to ask for the assignments you want because if you don’t, someone else will!