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Accidental Feminism: Gender Parity and Selective Mobility among India's Professional Elite

Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen


In India, elite law firms offer a surprising oasis for women within a hostile, predominantly male industry. Less than 10 percent of the country's lawyers are female, but women in the most prestigious firms are significantly represented both at entry and partnership. Elite workspaces are notorious for being unfriendly to new actors, so what allows for aberration in certain workspaces? This book examines how a range of underlying mechanisms — gendered socialization and essentialism, family structures and dynamics, and firm and regulatory histories — afford certain professionals egalitarian outco ... More

Keywords: elite workspace, India, law firms, gendered socialization, essentialism, family structures, family dynamics, feminist organizations, gender parity, inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780691182537
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691182537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, author
University of California, Irvine