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For the most part, law firm culture operates on a ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality, with employees hitting 60-plus hours on a weekly basis.
Christine Armstrong, author of “The Mother of All Jobs: How to Have Children and a Career and Stay Sane(ish)”, says: “Many companies are trying to address the gender gap. They’re offering support to women, coaching, mentoring and flexible working but, fundamentally, there are very few addressing the issue of total hours which, based on seven years of interviews, is the underlying problem for anyone with a caring role outside of work.”
In a culture where women are more often than not the primary caregivers, this mentality can force female employees to take themselves out of the race, adds Mahua Roy Chowdhury, founder and principal partner of India-based Royzz & Co.
"There is still a mentality that if you cannot be seen in the office you are not working as hard as those who are at their desks." - Survey respondent
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