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Accidental FeminismGender Parity and Selective Mobility among India's Professional Elite$
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Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780691182537

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691182537.001.0001

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(p.158) Now What?

What Do We Do with the Accidental?

(p.157) Six Futures
Accidental Feminism

Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen

Princeton University Press

This chapter assesses the sustainability of the unintended gender parity in Indian elite law firms. What can we expect this accident to produce? And, to the extent we can predict it, how much will this early advantage influence the path dependency these firms are likely to instill in their future genealogy? Of course, without time-series data, predictions about the actual sustainability of this advantage are moot at best. But in considering them through a range of related lenses, the chapter argues that this “accident” could have important implications and extensions, even if only for a small cross-section of the profession. Specifically, it explains that this case of elite Indian legal professionals offers fresh insights not only into the global legal profession, but to larger relationships between mobility, merit, gender, and globalization. While this research appears to focus on a singular occurrence that is best preserved for its own policy extensions, its true value lies not in its own self-extensions, or even in its direct portability, but rather in its ability to inform about the optics and effectiveness of diversity, representation, and inclusion more generally.

Keywords:   gender parity, Indian elite law firms, elite Indian professionals, global legal profession, mobility, gender, globalization, diversity, merit

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