What's the Proportion of Women to Men Among Contracts Professionals?

Of the 22 participants in my Geneva seminars, 14 were women (and still are, I expect!) and 8 were men.

Given the infinitesimally small sample size, I’d be bonkers to derive any conclusions from that. But I’ve noted, albeit unscientifically, that more often than not in my other public seminars the women have outnumbered the men.

And in education generally, at least in the U.S., it seems clear that women are outperforming men. (See, for example, this 2006 article in the New York Times and this piece from the National Bureau of Economic Research about how women outnumber men in American colleges.)

Given the modest imbalance I’ve noted at my seminars, I wonder whether a similar imbalance is on display among contract managers and among in-house counsel responsible for transactional matters. Do any of you have any empirical evidence on that score?

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.