Norton Rose Fulbright was one of several law firms recognized this week as "Tipping the Scales" toward gender equity.
The Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, a Washington, DC-based think tank that works to advance more women into leadership positions, recognized 67 law firms, including Norton Rose Fulbright, whose 2021 new partner classes in the US were at least half female.
The recognized firms were identified through the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance's New Partner Report, a compilation of public data released each year for the past decade. The report revealed that 42.4 percent of new partners from a representative sample of 122 major US law firms in 2021 were women, which represents an increase from last year's figure of 40.9 percent. That's up from 33 percent when the organization began compiling the data in 2012.
"In a year when record numbers of women have been forced to leave the workforce, gender parity at leadership levels has never been more important," said Manar Morales, President and CEO of the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance. "We are optimistic about this small increase in women in partnership classes in large US law firms and we encourage all organizations to recommit their efforts to recruiting, retaining and advancing women."
The Diversity and Flexibility Alliance collaborates with organizations to develop non-stigmatized flexible work policies that promote inclusive work cultures and help to advance more women into leadership positions. The Alliance provides practical research-based solutions, training workshops and strategic advisory services that increase organizational effectiveness through diversity and flexibility.