28/02/18: Women’s Voices in Law | A celebration of the first 100 years of women’s suffrage

Women's voices in law

During 2018, The Dickson Poon School of Law is holding a series of public lectures to mark the centenary of the beginning of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom.

These lectures will be delivered by women lawyers including Judges, practitioners and academics who have acheived distinction in the law to provide a woman’s voice and perspective on the state of women’s equality and empowerment.

Please join us for the first event of this series, where we are delighted to welcome Baroness Hale, President of the Supreme Court to the United Kingdom, to King’s College London.

“Women and the Law in 1984 – How much has changed?”

“In 1984, Susan Atkins and Brenda Hoggett, then University teachers, published a pioneering study of the way in which the law treated women – at work, in the family, in matters of sexuality and fertility, and in public life. Their conclusion was that, despite achieving formal equality, there were still deep-rooted problems of institutional inequality and the law continued to reflect the economic, social and political dominance of men. Brenda Hoggett has since become Baroness Hale of Richmond and President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, so it is a good time to reflect on how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same, since 1984.”

Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE

Brenda Hale is the most senior judge in the United Kingdom. She became a High Court Judge in 1994, having taught law at the University of Manchester for 18 years and promoted reform of the law at the Law Commission for over nine. In 1999 she was promoted to the Court of Appeal and in 2004 to the appellate committee of the House of Lords, then top court for the United Kingdom. This became the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in 2009. She was appointed Deputy President in 2013 and its first woman President in 2017. She is also President of the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges and a past President of the International Association of Women Judges. She was Treasurer of Gray’s Inn in 2017 and is Master of the Company of Fellmongers of Richmond, North Yorkshire.

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