We were delighted to welcome alumnae and friends to St Anne’s on Saturday to a celebration of 100 years of women in the legal profession. After the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was passed in 1919, St Anne’s alumna Ivy Williams became the first woman to be called to the Bar in England.
The event began with a welcome from Principal Helen King and the premiere of a video featuring Baroness Ruth Deech, former Principal of the college. The video was created as part of the First 100 Years project which aims to ensure a strong and equal future for all women in the legal profession.
Following the premiere, a panel discussion, featuring three St Anne’s alumnae, sparked debate over the timely question: What has been achieved in Women’s equality in the profession, and what is left to be done?
• Rami Royle (nee Kaur), Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
• Professor Jo Delahunty QC, Barrister
• Hannah Street, studying for the LPC, joining Skadden Arps as a trainee solicitor in August 2020
Following the panel debate, guests had the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea and hear about some of the latest Law research taking place at St Anne’s, before the event concluded with a celebratory dinner.