The Second Decade: 1929 – 1939

Published 18th February 2019
The ‘Firsts’: Gaining a Foothold

Join host Lucinda Acland and guests for a discussion of the first few pioneering female lawyers, and their experiences during the early years of women being allowed to practice law.

Special Guests:

Elizabeth Cruickshank – Former solicitor in London, now writer about the lives and experiences of women solicitors, especially those who qualified between 1922 and 1962. She was the founding editor of Link, the magazine of the AWS, and Chairwoman of AWS in 2004-5. Currently she is writing a biography of Carrie Morrison, the first English woman to qualify.

Dr Judith Bourne – Senior Lecturer at St. Mary’s University and founder of First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire Symposia. She has written a biography of Helena Normanton, one of the first female barristers in the UK.

Katie Broomfield – Postgraduate researcher in the History Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, researching the opening of the legal profession to women in 1919. She is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the creator of the exhibition Celebrating the Centenary of Women Lawyers.

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