Women in Law

Celebrating 100 years since the Sex Discrimination (Removal) Act 1919

Up until recently the lives of our earliest women members from China, Malaya and Burma remained obscure. However, thanks to the research of Chen Li (Associate Professorial Fellow at Fudan University Law School in Shanghai) the lives of these fascinating women, who include the first Burmese law student and first female barrister, are revealed in these two articles using archival records in China, London and Singapore.

With Thanks to Our Contributors

Dr Judith Bourne

Dr Caroline Derr

Dr Frances Burton

Senior Lecturer, Property and Family Law

Co-Director International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice

Editor International Family Law, Policy and Practice

Li Chen

Associate Professorial Fellow, Eastern Scholar Distinguished Professor

Fudan University Law School in Shanghai, China

Charlotte Coleman

PhD Candidate at St Mary’s University researching the first women barristers (1919-1929) and their networks and connections.

Dr Caroline Derr

Senior Lecturer – Open University School of Law

Carrie de Silva

Principal Lecturer  -  Law and Taxation, Harper Adams University

Liz Goldthorpe

Retired tribunal judge and author

Dr Alana Harris MA/DPhil (Oxon); SFHEA, FRHS

Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, King’s College, University of London

Leslie Howsam, FRSC

Emerita Distinguished University Professor, University of Windsor

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Digital Humanities, Ryerson University, Canada

Dr Caroline Morris

Senior Lecturer in Public Law, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Emerita Mary Jane Mossman

Osgoode Law School, York

Dr Sumita Mukherjee

Senior Lecturer in History, University of Bristol

Ros Wright CB QC

Master of the Bench, Middle Temple

Dr Mari Takanagi

Senior Archivist, Parliamentary Archives

Professor Emerita Margaret Thornton

ANU College of Law, Australian National University

Jane Wynne Willson

Daughter of Theodora Llewellyn Davies, with contributions from other family members

Thanks also to Professor Richard Sorabji and the First 100 Years Project for their generous agreement to allow us to link to the films of Masters Gloster and Butler-Sloss.