Recent political turmoil has highlighted the role of voters and lawyers. And yet, just 100 years ago, a woman couldn’t be either. The celebrations around the centenary of women’s votes last year, and those marking the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act this year, provide us with an opportunity to commemorate the awe-inspiring women who fought for change, and to reflect on the progress achieved.
"Figures released in 2018 showed that the number of working female solicitors in England and Wales had exceeded that of men for the first time. This breakthrough reflects years of young women joining the profession, bringing much needed diversity. But the rate of female partnership remains low.
“To accelerate gender equality, law firms must not only attract female talent, but also create an environment where women can thrive and progress. The introduction of flexible working policies is a great example. While potentially game changing, such policies can only be effective if take up is encouraged among men too. That’s why a deep cultural change is needed, where caring responsibilities are no longer the reserve of women.
Partner at Capital Law, Cardiff - is actively engaged in the advancement of women in business and is Vice Chair of the Welsh Government Panel on Supporting Entrepreneurial Women