First 100 Years project – Women in the legal profession

first100yearsThe First 100 Years is a video history project, based in the UK and supported by the Law Society and the Bar Council, documenting the journey of women in the legal profession, from 1919 to present day.

Work is now under way to create a digital museum made up of 100 video stories which will be donated to the British Library in 2019 – the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time.

The project website showcases a detailed timeline, that can also be accessed by selecting a decade, and some of the video stories can already be viewed here.

On hearing of one of the most bizarre barriers that lay in women’s way to join the legal profession, First 100 years decided to produce an artefact that captures the stories and presents them in a unique way to the wider public – a toilet roll. The video below explains more.

 

 

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