William & Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice
Red Light, Green Light: Assessing the Stop and Go in the Advancement of Women in the Legal and Business Sectors
The purpose of this note is to identify the problems professional women have in building a career while caring for a family, and to provide the basis for creating a solution. Part I of this note addresses the various types of problems that force women out of the workplace, as well as the difficulties women have in reentering the job market. Part II of this note compares the alternative work schedules offered in the legal and business communities. Part III focuses on the success the business firms have had, with the help of business schools, in finding a practical solution for working women. Legal firms today are not as progressive as business firms. Finally, this note discusses why the legal sector should promote change and how it can implement an alternative work schedule that benefits both women and private legal firms.