Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Tom Rosengarth

Degree Award Date

Spring 2021


public accounting, women, gender inequality, partner




There is gender inequality at the equity partner level in public accounting firms. The number of female partners is much lower than male partners. This paper examines the three main reasons for this discrepancy. The reasons are the difficulty in finding an appropriate work-life balance, good formal and informal mentors, and the extra financial risk associated with being an equity partner. Next, comparisons to law firms and educators are made examining the reasons for any gender inequality in those industries. Finally, proposed solutions to the three main reasons for the gender inequality in public accounting are explored.

Recommended Citation

Cline, Kayla. "Women in Accounting." Senior Honors Projects, Bridgewater College, 2020.

Force Open Access


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Accounting Commons