Resources for Women Lawyers

Know of a resource that should be added to the list? Contact Garnett Matthews, Missouri Bar liaison to the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession.

General | Evaluation & Compensation | Reduced Hours | Work/Life Balance | Other Topics | Sister States | Professional Associations for Women Lawyers | Award Nominations

General (statistics, homepages, multi-topic resources)

ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Homepage
Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law
Walking Out the Door - The Facts, Figures, and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice
ABA Women of Color Research Initiative
Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession
Perspectives, a publication of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

The Center for WorkLife Law

The Center for WorkLife Law Homepage
What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (Video) (Amazon
Effective Policies and Programs for Retention and Advancement of Women in the Law

National Association for Women Lawyers (NAWL)

National Association for Women Lawyers (NAWL)
Women Lawyers Journal (WLJ)
2019 National Association of Women Lawyers Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms
OnRamp Fellowship

Flex-Time Lawyers

Flex-Time Lawyers Homepage
Best Law Firms for Women
Law & Re-Order: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion, & Work/Life Balance (2010)

Women in Law Empowerment Forum

Catalyst: Women in the Law in the U.S.

Report of The Missouri Joint Commission on Women in the Profession (October 2015)

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Evaluation & Compensation

Fair Measure: Toward Effective Attorney Evaluations

ABA Gender Equity Task Force

What Women Need to Know about Negotiating Compensation
Closing the Gap: A Road Map for Achieving Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Partner Compensation
Toolkit for Gender Equity in Partner Compensation
Power of the Purse: How General Counsel Can Impact Pay Equity for Women Lawyers
Perspectives, a publication of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

New Millennium, Same Glass Ceiling? The Impact of Law Firm Compensation Systems on Women
by The Project for Attorney Retention and Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Negotiating Women, Inc. 

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Reduced Hours

Flex Success: The Lawyers’ Guide to Balanced Hours

The Business Case for Reduced Hours

The Ultimate Guide to Flexibility

Retention and Reduced Hours

Stepping into Your Shoes: It’s Time for Job Shares in Law Firms

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Work/Life Balance

Why Work/Life Still Matters

Three Keys to Selling and Achieving Work/Life Balance in Today’s Legal Market

Increase Profits and Savings Through Work/Life Balance

The Elusive Balance: Tips to Assess and Meet Your Work-Life Needs

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Other Topics

The Rainmaking Study: How Lawyers' Personality Traits and Behaviors Drive Successful Client Development

The Opt-In Project Report: Innovative Strategies for Retaining Female Talent

Getting Back: The Path for Lawyers to Return to Practice

Business Development Beyond Rubber Chicken Dinners

Developing a Healthy Appetite for Risk in Your Career

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Sister States

District of Columbia

Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women


Where Are We Now? A Report on the Occupational Status of Women Attorneys in Massachusetts


Minnesota Women Lawyers Compendium Resource Database

Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness

Final Report of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial, and Gender Bias in the Justice System
Justice in Balance: The Commission for Fairness Annual Report

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Professional Associations for Women Lawyers

Networking, support, mentorship, leadership & service, pro bono projects, and more.


Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis
Women Lawyers’ Association of Mid-Missouri
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) Women in the Legal Profession Section
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) Diversity Section
MATA Women’s Caucus 
Southern Missouri Women Lawyers  


National Association of Women Lawyers
Ms. JD (law students and young women lawyers)
ABA Women’s Caucus
ABA Women Rainmakers Committee
ABA Women’s Business Law Network

Lawyers of Color

National Bar Association Division of Women Lawyers
Mound City Bar Association (St. Louis)
Jackson County Bar Association (Kansas City)

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Award Nominations

Missouri Lawyers Media Women’s Justice Awards

ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards

National Association of Women Lawyers Awards

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