Cherie Booth QC and others talk life in the law on women’s centenary
The latest episode of BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour features women from the legal profession discussing life in the law on the centenary of women being able to enter the profession.
Cherie Booth QC, Dana Denis-Smith, founder of the First 100 years, Abi Silver, a former associate at a city law firm and now a legal consultant, and Beth Collette, a barrister in her second year of tenancy, talk about what it is like for women in the profession now – how far they have come and what more needs to be done.
Mari Takayanagi, a senior archivist at the Houses of Parliament, tells listeners about The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 and the changes it brought in and the pioneering women who worked to open up the profession to women.
Plus, the show looks at what it is like to be a female magistrate and hears from former magistrate Katherine McMahon and Jacqui MacDonald, who is currently serving as a magistrate in the Central and North London area.