A survey by the Florida Bar reported that 43% of women lawyers under age 36 experience gender bias in their careers.
It’s 2016, should we really be seeing such disrespect in the workplace, especially in such a prestigious line of work? In fact, the vast majority of law schools these days are evenly split between men and women. Many of the 464 women in the survey (after introducing themselves as lawyers) reported that they’ve been mistaken for assistants and court reporters. “Little lady lawyer,” “sweetheart,” “honey,” and “blondie” were among the ways in which these women were addressed by their male peers in the courtroom.
Some women also felt they weren’t getting paid as much. This month, the president of the Florida Bar, Ramón Abadin, will work with the Young Lawyers Division in April to host an event series, “Women in Law,” to hold discussions on gender issues in the workplace.