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SFJP take part in 100 Years of Women in Law event at the University of Glasgow

Wed 17 April 2019

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Monday 15th April 2019 saw the Law School’s Professor Sharon Cowan and Dr Chloë Kennedy deliver presentations at an event celebrating the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919.

Prof Cowan and Dr Kennedy, along with Professor Vanessa Munro of the University of Warwick, were representing the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project: one of a global series that aims to imagine how important legal cases might have been decided differently if the judge had adopted a feminist perspective. Dr Kennedy discussed the idea of developing a feminist curiosity, while Prof Cowan presented on the creative strand of the SFJP.SFJP with Lady Hale

The event included a number of other speakers, including the Hon Lady Wolffe QC; Dana Denis Smith, founder of the First100Years project; Alison Lindsay, archivist and Head of Legal and Historical Search rooms at National Records Scotland; and Dr Pat Lucie, of the University of Glasgow, who talked on the subject of the first woman to practise law in the UK, Madge Easton Anderson.

There was also a panel discussion on equality in the legal profession, chaired by Amanda Millar, Vice President Elect of the Law Society of Scotland, and featuring Judge Anna Poole QC, Kirsty Hood QC, Prof Jane Mair and Rupa Mooker of MacRoberts LLP. The day concluded with closing remarks from Lady Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court.

The Scotsman has featured an article discussing the aims of the project and outlining some of the alternative rulings that have come from it.