According to the American Bar Association, women comprise 36 percent of those in the legal field. This is a number that has grown since 10 years ago, when they made up only 30 percent of the field. Clearly, the field is more skewed toward males, but for the women who have the right traits, it won’t hold them back from succeeding. Yes, women can certainly succeed in a man’s world, regardless of what field it may be.
“I like to remind people that the race goes not to the swift, nor the strong, but the one who endured ‘til the end,” explains Jamie Wright, a renowned millennial lawyer and political pundit. “Never forget that there is strength in your stiletto – your feminine touch and intuition can go a long way towards your success in business. If you want to succeed in a field that is typically seen as a man’s world, then you absolutely will.”
So what does it take to be so successful in today’s professional world, especially as a minority and a female who is entering a field dominated by men? Here are 5 traits that every woman needs to succeed in such a field:
1. Being Determined
It’s critical that those who enter a field dominated by men are determined that they will succeed in it. With that resolve, it’s easy to turn back and run out the door when caught in room filled with testosterone.
2. Having Authenticity
Being unique helps set people apart and keeps them from being lost in the crowd. In a field where all the men are wearing the same suits, dare to be different and get yourself noticed.
3. Having Thick Skin
Entering a man’s world is no place for the weak. There is bound to be criticism, and women are going to be scrutinized even more. It’s important that women learn how to take criticism and not let it hold them back. Resilience will help keep you going, rather than being tripped up on small issues.
4. Believing in Yourself
Every woman needs to be confident in order to make it in a field dominated by men. Confidence will keep you going, help you network, and will keep you ahead of the game. Know both your skills and your worth and place a high value on it.
5. Being Patient
Success in any field doesn’t typically come overnight, but it’s especially not likely to if you go into a field where women are the minority. Be prepared to prove yourself through hard work. Your longevity and patience will pay off in the long run.
About Jamie Wright
Jamie Wright is a millennial attorney who specializes in millennial issues, government affairs, crisis communication, and conflict resolution. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she practices law in Los Angeles. She is also a partner in the Millennial Government Affairs group, and is a political pundit and crisis communications expert. For more info go to : www.jamiewrightesq.com