‘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.