July saw the launch of Celebrating the Centenary of Women Lawyers, an exhibition commemorating and celebrating the opening of the legal profession to women with the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act in 1919.
The exhibition was created by Bedford Scholar, Katie Broomfield, an alumna and current student on the MA in Public History at the College. The launch evening, in the Old Hall at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, was a wonderful event attended by over 100 people.
The exhibition is now on display in the grounds of Lincoln’s Inn and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm. If you can’t make it to Lincoln’s Inn or just want to find out more, Katie has prepared a website to accompany the exhibition at www.celebratingthecentenaryofwomenlawyers.wordpress.com. Here you will be able to hear from some of the women featured in the exhibition in their own words before testing your knowledge on the history of women in law with a quiz. As the exhibition shows, women have made significant progress in the legal profession in the last 100 years. And so, while we celebrate 100 years of women lawyers, we should also look forward to further progress in the next 100 years.