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July 10, 2017

Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers

Prepared and Written for the Commission by Milana L. Hogan, Ed.D.

This unique book contains new research (beyond the original study that focused on large law firms) on grit and growth mindset, two traits that have been shown to shape the success of women lawyers. It also is a collection of 47 letters from successful women lawyers who have used these principles to advance in their careers. These women share their advice, insight, and experience as a female attorney who has achieved success in the practice of law, and this diverse group represents solo practice; small, medium, and large firms; government; nonprofits; and corporations.

Summary of Contents


Chapter 1 – Important Definitions, Methodology, and Key Findings

Chapter 2 – Solo Practitioners

Chapter 3 – Law Firm Lawyers

Chapter 4 – In-house Lawyers

Chapter 5 – Government and Nonprofit Lawyers


Appendix A: What Employers Can Do

Appendix B: ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Grit Project

Appendix C: Summary of the Research on Grit, Growth Mindset, and Women Lawyers

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Product Code: 4920049 • 2017 • 313 pp. • 6 × 9 • Paperback $27.95 ABA Members/$34.95 Nonmembers.