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Florida’s Young Female Attorneys: Workplace Gender Bias Persists

By Elyssa Cherney
Orlando Sentinel.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A new survey released Friday by the Florida Bar reveals more than one quarter of women surveyed said they resigned from a position due to a lack of advancement opportunities, a lack of work-life balance or the general insensitivity of coworkers or supervisors. The report, which is being heralded as the first of its kind in recent memory, coincides with Women’s History Month in March, a time of year with an extra focus on women in leadership and the empowerment of women.

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Orlando attorney Karen Persis recalls when a judicial candidate approached people at a professional cocktail party and handed out flyers, but only to men, before telling everyone else, “Well, I guess you vote, too.”

And Chelsea Vanadia, a partner in her own real estate law firm, says people sometimes assume she is a secretary or paralegal when they come in the office.

Scores of the state’s other young female attorneys recounted experiences of gender bias, from insensitive, off-hand comments made by colleagues to sexual discrimination and harassment, in a new survey released Friday by The Florida Bar.

The report, which is being heralded as the first of its kind in recent memory, coincides with Women’s History Month in March and comes amidst The Florida Bar’s efforts to improve the field for female attorneys who are just starting out.

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