22 December 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire (29 Jun 2018) DEADLINE 23 APR 2018

First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire Symposium
29 June 2018: “The Road to 1919”
Call for Papers

The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 heralded women’s long awaited entry to the legal profession.  What do we actually know about that journey?  How much of that struggle has been recorded?  Where is it recorded?  The ‘First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire’ Symposia seek to unite academics and researchers in this area and explore the journey of those first women lawyers. 

The 2018 meeting will celebrate the centenary of the vote and examine its effect on the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. It will explore the extent to which it gave impetus to women such as Helena Normanton to make renewed attempts to join the legal profession in 1918.

The ‘First Women Lawyers Symposia’ has run successfully for three years and has drawn papers from England, Scotland, Estonia, Canada and Australia.  The 2018 symposium will be held on Friday 29th June 2018, venue TBC.  Submissions are welcomed from those researching in this area, including anyone with knowledge that will place the struggle for entry to the legal profession in England and Wales in an international context.  Closing date for submission of abstracts: 23 April 2018

The timetable for the following symposia are as follows:
2019 Celebrations:
Thursday February 7 2019 to be held at Middle Temple (continuing the theme of the road to 1919 and a celebration of the Act which received Royal Assent on 23 December 1919),
Celebration Dinner at Middle Temple Hall: Saturday 11 January 2020 (centenary of the first women Bar students’ first dinner)
June 2020 Symposium: ‘Legacy’
June 2021 Symposium: ‘The other women lawyers that history has, at best forgotten, at worst ignored’

17 November 2022 Celebration of the 1922 Call night at Middle Temple.

See also on
twitter: @1919lawpioneers
Contact dr. Judith Bourne (St Mary's University, Twickenham)

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