Why are the Professions So Full of Young Women and Old Men?

Old-law-book-s One thing I often notice when I visit clients at various offices is how many young women I see …and older men. I used to think this was just my imagination, but a recent article in Business to Business, points out the demographic crunch that is facing many professions.The Equal Employment Opportunities Trust in New Zealand points out "Our analysis shows that a number of professions, such as law and medicine, have workforces dominated by older men and younger women. Employers who also have an ageing workforce may be facing the likelihood of large numbers of older people retiring or wanting reduced hours, and some of the young women leaving the workforce or moving to part-time hours at the same time. On average, today’s lawyers are younger than they were in 1991 and there are proportionally more women. In 1991, 24% of lawyers were women; by 2006 they totalled 42%. In 1991, male lawyers tended to be in their early 40s, but by 2006 the largest proportion of male lawyers was aged over 50." Is this a rallying cry to the industry to make it more friendly for parents and those who want to practice law but not devote gruelling 80 hours weeks to the profession? 

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