Latin America: The Challenges for Female Lawyers

Francesca Odell, Partner at Cleary Gottlieb, on women under-represented at law firms: "We’ve had a hard time breaking past that. But that’s no reason to stop trying.” (Photo: Cleary Gottlieb)

Mary Rose Brusewitz, Strasburger; Silvia Fazio, Chadbourne & Parke; Amy Kyle, Bingham and Antonia Stolper, Shearman & Sterling.

A closer look at the challenges for female lawyers in Latin America.


Female lawyers continue to be under-represented, both at major international law firms dealing with Latin America and law firms based in the region.

“Female lawyers are often a minority when it comes to meetings and negotiations with senior business people [and] they are a minority in terms of achieving partnership positions in law firms,” says Silvia Fazio, a partner at Chadbourne & Parke who divides her time between Sao Paulo and London.

The under-representation applies to Latin America’s business and politics in general, she points out. “Despite the fact that region now has several female presidents, prime ministers and a growing number of CEOs in large corporations, I believe the challenges are still related to the lack of representation of women both in business and politics,” Fazio says. “In most Latin American countries, we have a greater population of women than men, but women take part in less than 10 percent of decision making positions both in business and politics.”

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