This year's International Women's Day on 8 March 2019 was an extra special celebration for women in the legal profession.

2019 marks 100 years since the enactment of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which allowed women to enter certain professions, including the law.

100 faces 100 years

To celebrate this special year, the First 100 Years project which was established in 2014 by Dana Denis-Smith to mark the landmark anniversary, set out to photograph 100 faces of women in the legal profession. Photographers travelled to London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh and captured the portraits of over 750 women in law. 

My colleagues Libby, Bronwyn, Louise, Jess, Charlotte, Jade and Caoimhe joined hundreds of other women at the Law Society in London to mark the special occasion. Their photographs will feature in the project's exhibition and will be added to the national archive as part of the legacy of the First 100 Years campaign. 

The full album can be viewed here, featuring colleagues, friends and none other than the first female President of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale: https://threeleggedstool.wixsite.com/100faces100years/gallery 

Baroness Helena Kennedy 

The First 100 Years project has also produced a series of interviews with inspirational women in the legal profession.

Irwin Mitchell sponsored Baroness Helena Kennedy's biography and hosted the premier of the film at our London office in February 2019. However, you can watch Baroness Kennedy's inspiring story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdIo7HuqJY.