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First 100 Years is a ground-breaking project recording the history of women in law since 1919. In 2019, the project will celebrate the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time.



In collaboration with Goldman Sachs and Linklaters, this series of ten podcasts charts the history of women in the legal professions. Progressing decade-by-decade, the podcasts will be around 45-minute discussions between legal pioneers, historians, academics and legal practitioners based on key themes, including gender stereotypes, the work/life balance and diversity.



The podcast series is presented by Lucinda Acland. Lucinda has been a volunteer for First 100 Years since November 2015 and is a qualified lawyer. She has experience of recording voice programmes both at the University of Law and Obelisk Support, as well as for the First 100 Years project, for the #OnTheRoll campaign.



Find out more about the First 100 Years project at www.first100years.org.uk

The First 100 Years Podcast First 100 Years

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 45 Ratings

First 100 Years is a ground-breaking project recording the history of women in law since 1919. In 2019, the project will celebrate the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time.



In collaboration with Goldman Sachs and Linklaters, this series of ten podcasts charts the history of women in the legal professions. Progressing decade-by-decade, the podcasts will be around 45-minute discussions between legal pioneers, historians, academics and legal practitioners based on key themes, including gender stereotypes, the work/life balance and diversity.



The podcast series is presented by Lucinda Acland. Lucinda has been a volunteer for First 100 Years since November 2015 and is a qualified lawyer. She has experience of recording voice programmes both at the University of Law and Obelisk Support, as well as for the First 100 Years project, for the #OnTheRoll campaign.



Find out more about the First 100 Years project at www.first100years.org.uk

    The Tenth Decade: 2009-2019

    The Tenth Decade: 2009-2019

    Taking Stock: Progress and Next Steps In this final episode of the series, we discuss what has been learnt by uncovering the stories of women in law and the light it sheds on current barriers to progress for women. The experience of women lawyers in public leadership roles, and what diversity means in achieving full […]

    • 58 min
    The Ninth Decade: 1999 – 2009

    The Ninth Decade: 1999 – 2009

    The Leaky Pipeline This a special live recorded episode of the podcast. To set the scene for this 9th episode we’ve reached the decade of the 2000’s. This first decade of the new millennium saw global financial instability and the credit crunch which sent profound shockwaves through the UK economy, and resulted in many redundancies […]

    • 58 min
    The Eighth Decade: 1989 – 1999

    The Eighth Decade: 1989 – 1999

    Widening the Pool The 1990’s saw the end of the economic boom and in the recession that followed career prospects in the legal sector became more uncertain for solicitors, both at the junior and senior end. Throughout the decade women began to play a greater role in public life. In 1994 the Church of England […]

    • 58 min
    The Seventh Decade: 1979-1989

    The Seventh Decade: 1979-1989

    Rising to the Top The 1980s were characterised by the premiership of Margaret Thatcher as the UK’s first woman Prime Minister. It was one which saw the Falkland’s War in 1982, prolonged and bitter trade union strikes, the right to buy policy on state home ownership, the privatization of nationalised industries and the deregulation of […]

    • 52 min
    The Sixth Decade: 1969 – 1979

    The Sixth Decade: 1969 – 1979

    Sex Discrimination Act: Equality in name? Discussing discrimination and the impact of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. What was the experience of discrimination in the professions? To what extent did things change following the passing of the Act? Did the earlier Equal Pay Act 1970 have an impact for women trying to forge a career […]

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Fifth Decade: 1959 – 1969

    The Fifth Decade: 1959 – 1969

    My Lord becomes My Lady The 1960’s was a time of profound social change. The abolition of capital punishment, legalisation of homosexuality and abortion, the introduction of the contraceptive pill, and the Married Women’s Property Act affected women's rights in everyday life. More girls than ever before went on to higher education and in 1962 […]

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

aliceacland ,

Love this podcast !

This podcast is just brilliant. Very informative of an untold history, informative interesting questions and great cohort of guests

Ackyppo ,

Insightful and thought provoking

Really interesting and entertaining, very well spoken host as well as thorough research. Definitely recommend!!!

catch2019 ,

V good

Look forward to hearing more- captivating discussion

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