Women Get Paid Less, No Matter What Vivia Chen, The Careerist, The Careerist September 26, 2017 | 3 Comments share share on linkedin Facebook share on twitter share on google+ Share With Email Send Thank you for sharing! Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. reprints Chalk this up to another instance where a girl just can't win. This premium content is reserved for New York Law Journal subscribers. Continue reading by getting started with a subscription. Subscribe Now for Unlimited Access Already a subscriber? Log in now VIEW COMMENTS ( 3 ) ADD COMMENT What's being said Sign In Terms & Conditions Michelle Itkowitz Sep 27, 2017 That is the problem – right there in the conclusion of the article. Who are women “negotiating” with for compensation – typically with the men who “own” the law. With only 18% of equity partners being women, men own the law. Top women from the Am Law 200 need to break off from their firms (and their salary negotiations) and forge their own law practices, and then work long and hard to establish those women-led firms in the legal marketplace. That is the only way this disparity changes. You cannot solve the problem from the bottom up, with initiatives that are designed to help women rise through the existing system. How much failure do we have to see with these approaches? The solution is to work from the top down. Women owned law firms. My firm is certified as a women owned business enterprise by New York State. I practice in a male dominated profession – real estate litigation. I am positive about this – the clients don’t hold my gender against me. All clients want is transparency, integrity, and value for their legal dollar. Clients do not care if that comes from a male or female lawyer. The bench doesn’t hold my gender against me either. It is my male counterparts who own law firms who openly resent my ascendancy into their space, and they do not hesitate to let me know it. I can’t imagine what it is like to be a young woman associate at such a firm. There is no meaningful future for them there. Equity ownership is all that matters. A firm is its leadership. Women need to stop spinning their wheels within a broken system and create a new paradigm – one where women own an equitable share of the law. Michelle Itkowitz Itkowitz PLLC H. Hefner Sep 27, 2017 So stop whining and do the best you can to enjoy your otherwise rather privileged live, ladies. After all, you could be a 12yo Rohingya orphan girl in a Bangladeshi refugee camp. H. Hefner Sep 27, 2017 So stop whining and do the best you can to enjoy your otherwise rather privileged live, ladies. After all, you could be a 12yo Rohingya orphan girl in a Bangladeshi refugee camp. Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here. Preparing comment abuse report for Article #1202798997112 Send Thank you! This article's comments will be reviewed.