First 100 Years of

Women in Law

26 November 2018

Want to celebrate the hard work of trailblazers, male and female, who fought for a change to the law so women could practise as solicitors in NSW from 1918?

The First 100 Years will host a gala event at State Parliament on the evening of 26 November.

Attorney-General Mark Speakman will attend and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick will speak.

If you want to know more, read this speech by Justice Virginia Bell AC, who was sworn in as a Supreme Court judge in 1999 and as a Justice of the High Court of Australia in 2009, who explains the dicey history leading to the passing of the Women's Legal Status Act in 1918.

A new video has been released as part of the First 100 Years Initiative that celebrates the history of women in the law. Supported by Gilbert + Tobin and the Law Society of NSW, the video offers a variety of perspectives from lawyers and law students about women in the law. See the full video below.