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October 08, 2021

Surveys Reveal the Pandemic Disproportionately Impacted Women Lawyers, Particularly Those with Young Children

Recent research reveals that the pandemic has disproportionately affected women lawyers, particularly mothers of young children.  One survey of nearly 3,000 attorneys in California and Washington, D.C. found that women’s pandemic drinking increased more than men’s, at 34.6% versus 29.2%, with 55.9% of women participating in risky drinking versus 46.4% of men.  Another study, commissioned by the ABA’s Coordinating Group on Practice Forward, surveyed 4,200 ABA members and found that 35% of women respondents were thinking more often than before about transitioning to part-time work; 53% of the women in this group reported having children under age 5.