How a mid-sized law firm became one of the first in Canada to achieve gender parity in its ranks
When Janet Stewart became the first female lawyer at Lerners LLP in 1969, the men there barely give her the time of day.
“I suspect they actually thought I wouldn’t last,” she says nearly 46 years later.
Today, 55% of Lerners’ lawyers are women. Forty-five percent of them are partners — more than double the national average.
The Toronto litigation firm is among the first in Canada to announce it has achieved gender parity — an achievement that had nothing to do with affirmative action.