Have Women Achieved Professional Equality? A Lecture by Prof. Jo Delahunty

Professor Jo Delahunty, member of the IAWJ and the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges (UKAWJ) continued with the UKAWJ’s lecture series celebrating 100 years of women in law. The theme of her lecture was: Have Women Achieved Professional Equality? 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act.

Gresham College has published the video of her lecture accompanied by the following text:

“2019 marks 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 when a woman was recognised as a ‘person’ in law. This groundbreaking Act enabled women to be awarded university degrees and to enter professions such as law and medicine from which they had been barred. 

But women were excluded from the foreign and diplomatic service until 1946, and while they were allowed to sit on juries, they were widely excluded from cases involving sexual assault until 1972. What did the Act achieve and what barriers to equality still remain?”