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ABA: About 25 Percent of Lawyer Moms Leave the Workplace, Study Finds

May 9, 2011 12:21 by jllorens

(From ABA Journal) About a quarter of lawyer moms leave the workplace, compared to about 6 percent of women with medical degrees.

University of Chicago economist Jane Leber Herr noted the differences when analyzing a national survey of college graduates and a sample of Harvard alumnae, the Washington Post reports.

Herr found that fewer than 4 percent of women without children left the workplace 15 years after graduating, but the figures were far higher for mothers. The workplace dropout rate was nearly 30 percent for mothers with a masters in business administration, about 25 percent for those with JDs, about 15 percent for those with a PhDs, and less than 6 percent for those with medical degrees.

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