Women in Law – The Next Generation of Power Brokers
Recent data showed that for the first time in Australian history, women outnumber men in the legal profession across all states and territories.
53% of Australian lawyers are women, a huge milestone for a profession that has historically been dominated by men.
Just last year accusations against former Justice Dyson Hayden revealed the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in law and toxic power dynamics that leave many women vulnerable to exploitation.
So what does this record-breaking statistic mean for women in the industry and does more women really mean a more female-friendly environment?
Associate Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney Dr Karen O’Connell joined us to discuss why numbers don’t equal power in a profession where men are still outranking women.