Gender Equity Initiatives

For decades, graduating law school classes have been roughly 50 percent women, yet the pipeline of female lawyers dwindles as they progress through their careers.

Northwestern Pritzker Law’s Gender Equity Initiatives work for change in the legal profession in two ways:

  • We analyze data in order to develop programs designed to make the legal profession more hospitable to sustainable, satisfying careers for women.
  • We partner with top experts to gather and share knowledge that helps everyone improve gender equity.

The Gender Equity Initiatives are currently comprised of two programs:

  • Step Forward is an on-ramping program for Northwestern Pritzker Law alumnae who left the profession for an extended period of time and are now looking to identify and pursue their next professional step.
  • The Move the Needle Fund, the first collaborative effort designed and funded to test innovative initiatives in law firms in order to meet specific, transparent diversity goals and share progress with the entire profession. This is a partnership with Diversity Lab, a leader in law firm diversity and inclusion.