The retention, development, and advancement of women and minorities is a pressing issue for law firms. Although women of color represented nearly one-quarter of all women associates in 2008, only 1.84 percent were partners. Women of color continue to leave law firms at an alarming rate—75 percent leave their firms by the fifth year of practice, and nearly 86 percent leave before their seventh years. For the first time, Catalyst is able to benchmark the experiences of women of color against other demographic groups in the workforce. The study found that:
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