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Study: Less than 10% of top earners at Milwaukee firms are women (INFOGRAPHIC)

Less than 10% of the top-fifth of earners at Milwaukee law firms are women, according to a new study from Marquette University.

The Institute for Women’s Leadership published a white paper on pay equity at law firms in Milwaukee on Monday. The institute surveyed 29 law firms that employ 10 or more people and at least one woman attorney. The report said 21 of the 28 largest law firms in Milwaukee participated in the survey and provided data about 1,108 attorneys.

About 69% of those attorneys are men, and about 31% are women. That’s slightly below the national average of just over 36% women, according to the report.

Milwaukee is on par with the national average for women equity partners. Of the firms considered, women were about 21% women of the equity partners. However, only about 7% of the top-fifth of earners at Milwaukee firms are women, and about 69% of the firms surveyed have no women in their top-fifth earners.

“With this study, we are trying to make transparent the number of women in leadership in the Milwaukee legal community,” said Andrea Kupfer Schneider, director of the IWL and law professor at Marquette Law School. “We hope to demonstrate that transparency, candid conversations and innovative reform can make Milwaukee a leading city for female attorneys as well as push this initiative nationwide.”

Learn more about the study’s findings in the infographic below. The full report is available on Marquette’s website.

Infographic showing number of women in leadership positions at Milwaukee law firms

About Michaela Paukner, mpaukner@wislawjournal.com

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at mpaukner@wislawjournal.com.

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