CFP: First Women Lawyer Symposium: “The Road to 1919”

Event Details

  • Event date: 29/06/2018
  • Venue: Jubilee Room, Palace of Westminster
  • CFP Deadline: 23/04/2018

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.


This is the fourth symposium in the ‘First Women Lawyers Symposia’, which has drawn papers from England, Scotland, Estonia, Canada, America and Australia.  The 2018 symposium will be held on Friday 29 June 2018, at the Palace of Westminster.


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.


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The timetable for the following symposia are as follows:


November 2018: Exhibition Temple Church

2019 Celebrations:
Thursday 7 February 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 twitter: @1919lawpioneers

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