E Wald: “Gender Stereotypes”


This article studies the ideological transformation experienced by large law firms and explores its consequences for women lawyers employed by them. In particular, it looks at the role professional ideology continues to play in sustaining the glass ceiling and turning the road to gender equality into a dead end. It explains why cautious expectations that women lawyers will gradually do better at large law firms in terms of promotion to partnership have not materialized and asserts that the powerful interaction between the dominant ideology of hypercompetitiveness and persistent gender stereotypes renders gender equality even less likely in the foreseeable future.


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