Maggie Sullivan


Gender inequality in the workplace is an ever-evolving discussion. One aspect of gender inequality that is frequently overlooked is the leadership gap—the lack of representation of women in the top positions of their respective careers. Research demonstrates that the leadership gap is particularly pronounced in the legal field. This Article analyzes the factors within the legal field that perpetuate the leadership gap and examines the unique, confounding qualities of careers in national security to illustrate an exacerbated problem of inequality for women lawyers in national security. The lack of adequate diversity in people working in—and leading—the national-security field has been described as “one of the most significant national security challenges of our time.” Drawing on the bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, this Article details how the leadership gap is a significant national-security concern and proposes multi-faceted solutions to increase the diversity of women lawyers in national security, thereby improving conflict resolution efforts and global stability.