Elizabeth Cruickshank: research and Women in the Law

Elizabeth Cruickshank re-qualified as a solicitor after teaching English for ten years.  She is now researching the motivations of the early women solicitors.  She has a thesis that many women were “directed” to become solicitors by members of their families, particularly by their fathers.  As is revealed, familial intentions were not necessarily altruistic but pragmatic.  … More Elizabeth Cruickshank: research and Women in the Law

Dr Judith Bourne on Helena Normanton and Magna Carta

In February 2015 I interviewed Dr Judith Bourne for my ‘Many Lives of Magna Carta’ project.  As biographer to Helena Normanton, she offers a unique insight into the mind of a woman who was determined to achieve her goals and not deterred by artificial ceilings.  Helena looked to the Magna Carta for justice and rights … More Dr Judith Bourne on Helena Normanton and Magna Carta

The Sex (Disqualification) Removal Act 1919

The Sex (Disqualification) Removal Act 1919 widened employment opportunities for women and in particular allowed women to practise as solicitors and barristers.  Dr Ivy Williams, the first women called to the bar, Helena Normanton, the first woman to practise at the bar and first women appointed King’s Counsel along with Rose Heilbron, the first woman to sit … More The Sex (Disqualification) Removal Act 1919

Women and the Law Symposia, St Mary’s University, 9 September 2015

The very nature of public history implies the communication of history to the public.  While this blog in itself is one form of public communication, I will also be presenting my research paper at the First Women Lawyers in England, Wales and the Empire Symposia, St Mary’s University Twickenham. If this event is of interest to you can … More Women and the Law Symposia, St Mary’s University, 9 September 2015

‘Women in the Law: Inspired and Inspirations’ project: aims, methods and research:

Dr Ivy Williams, Helena Normanton and Rose Heilbron were among the first women called to the bar following the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919.  In some respects their biographies and legacies are well documented and well known to women in the legal profession[1]; however, they are not as well remembered as they should be both inside and … More ‘Women in the Law: Inspired and Inspirations’ project: aims, methods and research: