This year marks the centenary for women being allowed to join the legal profession following the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919.
To celebrate this landmark, the First 100 years project and Walk London With Us have created the first guided walk of the key locations significant to the lives of many of the pioneering and truly remarkable women in the law then and now.
The inaugural walk takes place on 10th May 2019, to celebrate Ivy Williams who was the first ever woman to be called to the Bar of England and Wales on that day, 97 years ago.
On this inaugural walk, we will be joined by guide, Anne Tickell, granddaughter of Gwyneth Bebb, of the infamous Bebb v The Law Society case of 1914, in which the court held that women were not considered “people” under the Solicitors Act 1843 and thus could not practise in the profession. It was this case that led to the 1919 Act.
The tour will include the four Inns of Court, Chancery Lane, the Law Society, the Royal Courts of Justice and other fascinating places with stories to tell about the lives of some of the ‘firsts’ including some from the present day.
The walk will begin at 6pm at Chancery Lane Station, Exit 1 (outside on the pavement next to the Robert Dyas shop) and will end at Middle Temple, near Temple station. It will last about two hours.