The First Decade: 1919-1929

Published 8th January 2019
Sacred Year or Dead Letter? The first in the series, this podcast discusses the decade from 1919-1929. Join host Lucinda Acland and guests for a discussion of the fight that led up to the legal change in 1919. What impacted the law, and what was its impact? How did the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 come to be passed, who were its biggest champions and why? Did the law change the culture of the profession? What was its immediate impact? Special Guests: Dr Mari Takayanagi: Archivist and Historian, Champion of First 100 Years. Mari is Senior Archivist at the Parliamentary Archives and historian, with a particular interest in women and & Parliament in the early 20th Century. Professor Rosemary Auchmuty: Professor of Feminist Legal Studies at the University of Reading. Co-leader of the Women’s Legal Landmarks project which is looking at the 2019 centenary mostly through the tradition of centuries of legislation that disempowered/ empowered women. Author of “Whatever happened to Miss Bebb? Bebb v The Law Society and women’s legal history.” She should be able to talk about the run up to the Act but also the first generation of women in law – how they found being in the profession. Alex Giles: Former lawyer, librarian at City University and a playwright. He wrote “The Disappearance of Miss Bebb”, a play about the life of Gwyneth Bebb. Find us on social media @First100Years and at
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