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Waiting another 50 years for equality is not the answer

It is unacceptable that child-rearing has been cited as one reason for the divergence in male and female pay, writes Adele Edwin-Lamerton

14 October 2015

The age-old row of sexism and equality again reared its head last month.
We witnessed the government consult on the gender pay gap – which has seen some female solicitors in Scotland work for free since 31 July – the now infamous Proudman versus Carter-Silk row, and Lord Sumption’s comments on the diversity and composition of the judiciary.

Sumption recently gave
an interview to the Evening Standard in which he commented that rushing to achieve equal representation for women in the judiciary could inflict ‘appalling consequences’ on the quality of British justice, that it could take as long as 50 years to achieve equal representation, and that the lack of female judges was mainly the result of a lifestyle choice.

In his lecture of November 2012, Home Truths about
Judicial Diversity, Lord Sumption analysed some of the reasons
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