"The higher you go in the hierarchy, the more women disappear"

By Camille FratiLex Kleren Switch to French for original article

On this International Women's Day, the Lëtzebuerger Journal interviewed four members of the board of the Ladies in Law Luxembourg Association (Lilla) about the situation of women in the cut-throat world of law and finance.

Founded in 2017, Lilla is one of a dozen feminist non-profit organisations organising a joint event for 8 March(Women Power Fest) for the second year running. Mathilde Ostertag, president of Lilla, a barrister and partner in charge of tax at GSK Stockmann, was invited to be interviewed by Journal. But in the end it was four of the nine members of the association's board of directors who responded to the invitation: Marianne Bernou, a lawyer specialising in regulation at Banking Circle, Anne-Sophie Besançon, a barrister and senior associate at Allen & Overy, and Alexandra Slack, a former lawyer turned legal career coach. Four voices, four professionals determined to make a difference, because there is no single answer to the issues surrounding diversity.

Lëtzebuerger Journal: The non-profit organisation Lilla was founded in 2017. How many members do you have today?

Mathilde Ostertag: Overall, 300, including around twenty corporate members, law firms in the marketplace that we have managed to retain over the past few years. The firms vary in size from 20 to 400 lawyers. All the people who work in these firms, whether they are lawyers or not, have access to all our events.

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