Originally published: April 5, 2016
And they drew some delightful pictures to demonstrate this.
Nearly two thirds of children that took part in a charming art-based study decided to draw lawyers as men — and Legal Cheek has cute pictures to prove it.
Over 100 seven to 11 year-olds took part in the study, and 65% of them drew lawyers as male. Though on its face a pretty big divide, law was actually the most gender balanced of the professions: 80% drew bankers as male, 81% drew nurses as female, and a whopping 88% drew builders as male.
It’s easy to draw profound conclusions from this data. For the most part, law firms and chambers are actually more heavily dominated by women, showing a distinct disconnect between the views of children and the reality of the profession. What is true, however, is that the more high-profile lawyers — partners, QCs and judges — tend to be male, and this may well have influenced the children’s drawings.