Dana Denis-Smith wants to see all parts of the profession coming together to work on the gender diversity problem

The centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which paved the way for women to become lawyers, was widely commemorated on 23 December 2019. I was delighted to be part of a special edition of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour which looked at how much progress has been made – but also how much there is still to achieve.

As part of the centenary celebrations, the First 100 Years project commissioned a survey exploring the reality of life for women working in the profession today. It presented a mixed picture.

The survey of more than 700 solicitors, lawyers:

● Only 2 per cent think there is true equality in the legal profession.

● 80 per cent predict it will take 20 years or more to achieve ...

Dana Denis-Smith
Trustee / CEO
The First 100 Years / Obelisk

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