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One-third of U.S. lawyers are now women

Women attorneys are making gains, according to new census numbers, although they have yet to achieve parity at the top levels of the profession

Women are making significant gains in the fields of law and medicine, where they now hold roughly one-third of all jobs, according to U.S. census figures reported by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Women held 33.4 percent of legal jobs in 2010, a total that includes professionals such as lawyers, judges and arbitrators. That marks a 29.2 percent increase from 2000, and an even more substantial jump from 1970, when just 4.9 percent of the country’s lawyers were women.

Alanna Byrne

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