First 100 Years is a ground-breaking project recording the history of women in law since 1919. In 2019, the project will celebrate the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time.

In January 2019, First 100 Years launched a series of 10 podcasts, one per month, following the course of the 100 years of women in law.

In collaboration with Goldman Sachs and Linklaters, this series of ten podcasts charts the history of women in the legal professions. Progressing decade-by-decade, the podcasts are 45-minute discussions between legal pioneers, historians, academics and legal practitioners based on key themes, including gender stereotypes, the work/life balance and diversity.

The podcast series is presented by Lucinda Acland. Lucinda has been a volunteer for First 100 Years since November 2015 and is a qualified lawyer. She has experience of recording voice programmes with the First 100 Years project, at the University of Law and at Obelisk Support.

Catch up on the latest episodes:


The First Decade: 1919 – 1929 ‘A sacred year or a dead letter?’

The Second Decade: 1929 – 1939 ‘The ‘Firsts’: Gaining a Foothold’

The Third Decade: 1939 – 1949: ‘Sitting in Judgment: Women Magistrates and Jurors’

The Fourth Decade: 1949 – 1959: Hostile Culture

The Fifth Decade: 1959 – 1969: My Lord Becomes My Lady

The Sixth Decade: 1969 – 1979: Sex Discrimination Act: Equality in name?

The Seventh Decade: 1979 – 1989: Rising to the Top

The Eighth Decade: 1989 – 1999: Widening the Pool

The Ninth Decade: 1999 – 2009: The Leaky Pipeline

The Tenth Decade: 2009 – 2019: Taking Stock: Progress and Next Steps


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