2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which made it possible for women to qualify as barristers or solicitors for the first time. We are delighted to be collaborating with the First 100 Years project to celebrate this anniversary and to tell the stories of some of the women who have studied law at Oxford, both in the early years and more recently.
We hosted the First 100 Years exhibition in the foyer of the St Cross Building and we are conducting a research project with a view to learning more about women as law students and law teachers at Oxford. The Oxford Women in Law network will be hosting events throughout 2019 and beyond to celebrate this anniversary.
We hope that by gaining a fuller understanding of our past, we will be able to inspire future generations of lawyers to strive for full equality within both academia and the legal professions.
Professor Anne Davies, Dean, Oxford Law Faculty
Professor Anne Davies, the first female Dean of the Faculty of Law, introduces the exhibition.