The Road to 1919

'The Road to 1919'  -  the fourth in the First Women Lawyers symposia.

29th June 2018

Jubliee Room, Palace of Westminster

'A woman needs a man like ...': a review of the occupations and positions of the men in the lives of early women lawyers.

Finding a mentor can be crucial to career success and progression, just as much today as in the past.  It is clear that for a considerable number of early women lawyers this role was fulfilled by a close relative, often a lawyer father.  But just how many were influenced, mentored and professionally supported by close relatives and, importantly, what is the story of those who weren't.  This paper compares a range of early women lawyers in the UK, the USA and beyond and seeks to find a pattern in the barriers encountered by our predecessors, and the keys found to unlock those barriers.

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