A July 15 article in The Indiana Lawyer provided a substantive survey of women in the legal profession. While the piece observed that female lawyers have made “significant strides” in the profession, it also acknowledged the obstacles confronting them, including a 2013 American Bar Association study that found “female lawyers were making less than 80 percent of male lawyers’ weekly salaries.”
Amie Peele Carter, Faegre Baker Daniels partner, is quoted extensively in the piece. She shared her observations on the progress women have made in the legal world.
“I would say in the last 20 or so years there’s been a real focus on creating opportunities for women to advance in the workplace,” Carter said. “In my view and experience, though, if you are thoughtful, smart and willing to work hard, opportunities continue to open up, regardless of gender. A lot of people, perhaps the majority of women, tend to opt for more flexible work arrangements because of family or other obligations. Some do that to pursue another part of their career. It isn’t just a question for women, but all of us. What do we want to get out of life?”
Carter also offered some advice to aspiring female professionals.
“There are more ways to be a lawyer today in private practice than there ever have been,” Carter said. “Don’t assume that just because you want to be a mother there’s no way you can be a CEO.”