Events

The First 100 Years has blossomed from a video project into a full celebration of women’s role in the profession, with an extensive programme of activities and events planned in the run-up to the centenary of ‘women in law’ in 2019.

If you or your organisation is hosting an event or activity to celebrate the anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, then please let us know using the form below, and we will add you to our calendar of events.

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14 March 2019
7:00pm

Women in the Law UK Annual Dinner Celebrating 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 allowing women to practice law.

Past Events


Kindly sponsored by Baker McKenzie, Dame Linda Dobb's First 100 Years film, in which she discusses her career journey and experience of both gender and race discrimination, will be premiered.

29 November 2018
8:00am

The meteoric rise of #metoo and the increasing discussion on “women in law” has put gender equality at the forefront of the legal industry.

Organisers:

Legal Week

29 November 2018
5:00pm

The Inspirational Women in Law Awards, in collaboration with Legal Week, seek to identify the trailblazers of the profession, in the lead up to the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which paved the way for women to practise law.

Location:

Legal Week's British Legal Awards

21 October 2018
1:00pm

A conference on the future of women in the Law and a celebrity reading of Alex Giles’ play inspired by the case of Bebb v.

Location:

University of Birmingham

15 September 2018
2:30pm

The St Hugh’s College Alumni Association’s symposium is celebrating the life of alumna and law pioneer, Gwyneth Bebb (Law, 1908), one of the first women barristers, and the impact of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which enabled women to enter the professions for the first time.

Organisers:

St Hugh’s College, Oxford Alumni Association

Location:

St Hugh's College, Oxford

18 July 2018
6:00pm

You are invited to join CARE International (organisers of #March4Women), Ashurst LLP and Stylist magazine for an exclusive evening of discussion and inspirations.

Organisers:

CARE International

Location:

Ashurst LLP,
Broadgate Quarter,
1 Snowden Street,
9 Appold Street,
London
EC2A 2AP

18 July 2018
5:30pm

This year marks 100 years since the first wave of women were granted the right to vote in the UK.

Organisers:

Lincoln's Inn

Location:

The Old Hall
Lincoln's Inn
27 Newman's Row,
London,
WC2A 3TL

7 November 2018
9:00am

Levelling the Playing Field Join us for Spark21's fourth annual conference on Wednesday 7th November 2018! A full programme and tickets are available here.

Organisers:

Spark21

Location:

Simmons & Simmons
CityPoint
1 Ropemaker St
London
EC2Y 9SS

5 July 2018
12:00am

We are pleased to announce that in a legal first, First 100 Years in partnership with Gray's Inn is hosting female Supreme Court Justices from across the globe in London.

Organisers:

First 100 Years
Gray's Inn

Location:

Gray's Inn Hall
London
WC1R 5JA

17 May 2018
5:30pm

Women In Law – On The Road to 100 Years We are excited to announce that First 100 Years is on the road! Our aim is reach the biggest audience we can in order to celebrate and showcase the achievements of women in law over the last 100 years, as we pave the way for the next 100 years.

Organisers:

First 100 Years
[email protected]

Location:

DLA Piper UK LLP
1 St Peter's Square
Manchester
M2 3DE

25 May 2018
8:30pm

Is 2018 the Year of Women? Join Dana Denis-Smith, Maggie Andrews, Sarah Greer, Anna Muggeridge, and Krista Cowman in a discussion of women's rights in the 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK.

Organisers:

Hay Festival, in partnership with the University of Worcester

Location:

Starlight Stage
Hay-on-Wye
Powys
Wales

8 March 2018
6:00pm

This year on International Women's Day Dana Denis-Smith, Founder of First 100 Years, will be talking to employees and friends of Withers Worldwide about our groundbreaking digital project.

Organisers:

For information about the event email [email protected]

Location:

Withers London Head Office
16 Old Bailey
London
EC4M 7EG

1 March 2018
7:00pm

This event, hosted by The Law Society, celebrates the launch of a new organisation, Women in Criminal Law, which sets out to connect and promote professional women across the criminal justice sector.

Organisers:

Women in Criminal Law
The Law Society

Location:

The Law Society,
113 Chancery Lane,
London,
WC2A 1PL

27 June 2018
12:00am

During Summer 2018, an exhibition will be held in Westminster Hall, covering the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Organisers:

UK Parliament

Location:

Westminster Hall
3 St Margaret St
Westminster
London
SW1P 3JX

13 March 2018
7:00pm

Hosted by Salisbury Cathedral, Elizabeth Crawford gives a talk about Millicent Fawcett and her circle, exploring the part she played in improving lives of women in the 19th and 20th centuries and her contribution to women's suffrage.

Organisers:

Salisbury Cathedral

To book tickets email: [email protected] or phone: 01722 335161

Location:

Salisbury Cathedral,
6 The Close
Salisbury
SP1 2EJ

16 January 2018
12:00am

From 16th January 2018 to 13th January 2019, visitors to The Foundling Museum will be able to see 'First Among Equals', where remarkable women who have shaped contemporary British society choose have chosen objects from the Museum's Collection that speak to them.

Organisers:

The Foundling Museum

[email protected]

Location:

The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AZ

7 March 2018
12:00am

Southbank Centre's WOW - Women of the World festival is part of a global network which provides a platform for celebrating what has been achieved, and exploring the ways we can change the world for the better.

Organisers:

Southbank Centre

Location:

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

6 April 2018
2:00pm

Hosted by the People's History Museum in Manchester, author Eva Tutchell discusses her new book 'The Stalled Revolution', which looks at the campaign to pass the Representation of the People Act of 1918.

Organisers:

People's History Museum, Manchester

For further information please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email [email protected]

Location:

People's History Museum
Left Bank, Manchester, England

29 June 2018
1:00pm

The fourth symposium in the 'First Women Lawyers Symposia', this meeting will celebrate the anniversary of the vote and look at its effect on the road to the 1919 legislation.

Organisers:

Judith Bourne, Senior Lecturer, St. Mary's University, Twickenham
[email protected]

Organiser Twitter Profile @1919lawpioneers

Location:

Jubilee Room
Houses of Parliament
Westminster
London
SW1A 0AA

8 November 2017
9:00am

Save the date: The next Spark21 annual conference is scheduled for 8 November 2017. The theme will be leadership in the legal profession.

27 July 2017
6:00pm

Summer is upon us and we are making use of every opportunity to enjoy the glorious weather! Join us for an evening of celebrating women in law and the First 100 Years project.

19 July 2017
6:00pm

2019 will mark 100 years since the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which removed legal barriers to women working as lawyers on the grounds of their sex.

4 May 2017
6:30pm

Celebrating the past to shape the future of women in law. 2019 will mark 100 years since of the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act which removed any barrier to women working as lawyers on the grounds of their sex.

2 April 2017
6:00pm

On 2nd April, the Kalisher performance will be the world premiere of Alex Giles’ fascinating new play THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MISS BEBB which tells her inspiring and tragic story and which resonates powerfully with the work of The Kalisher Trust a century later.

20 March 2017
6:00pm

The London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA) and JUSTICE will be hosting a panel debate chaired by Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, with closing remarks from the Right Honourable Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury (President of the Supreme Court), to consider diversity in the senior judiciary and in the Courts of England and Wales on Monday, 20 March 2017.

22 March 2017
6:00pm

Newcastle Law School will host Inspirational Women of the Law on the 22nd March - an event with seven fantastic women speakers talking about their lives, careers, hurdles and achievements.

12 March 2015
4:00pm

On Thursday 12th March 2015 we marked the one year anniversary of the launch of the First 100 Years Project with an afternoon tea event in the Attlee Room at the House of Lords.

2 November 2015
10:00am

Our flagship event in 2015 was delighted to have Professor Dame Carol Black as our keynote speaker, and chair Dame Jenni Murray from Radio 4's Woman's Hour. The full-day conference was hosted by Simmons&Simmons at CityPoint, with a series of panel debates.

30 September 2015
12:00pm

Our first In Conversation event on How Can Innovation and Diversity Shape the Legal Profession? Dame Janet Gaymer and Rosemary Martin spoke inspiringly on this topic, recounting their experiences of working in the legal profession and envisioning what the future of law will be like if shaped innovatively.

16 June 2016
5:00pm

On 16th June 2016 we held an event at the Supreme Court, which was a great success.