Women’s Legal Landmarks ‘In Conversation’

In the centenary year of women’s formal admission to the legal profession, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies will host a series of talks –Women Legal Landmarks – In Conversation – exploring legal landmarks for women.

13 February 2019

  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975  Anne Morris
  • Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002  Sue Atkins

13 March 2019

  • First women’s refuge, 1971   Felicity Kaganas
  • First Rape Crisis Centre, 1976    Alison Diduck

10 April 2019

  • A Brief Summary of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women, Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, 1854 Joanne Conaghan
  • Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, 1981-2000  Elizabeth Woodcraft

15 May 2019

  • Health (Family Planning) Act 1979   Máiréad Enright
  • Thirty-sixth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, 2018  Fiona de Londras

12 June 2019                                        

  • Section 5(1) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 Lois Bibbings
  • R v Jackson (1891) Teresa Sutton

 11 September 2019

  • Match Women’s Strike, 1888 Jacqueline Lane
  • Dagenham car plant strike, 1968 Dawn Watkins

16 October 2019

  • A Pageant of Great Women, Cicely Hamilton, 1909-1912 Katharine Cockin
  • DPP v Jonathan Cape and Leopold Hill (1928)  Caroline Derry

13 November 2019

  • Married Women’s Property Act 1882     Andy Hayward
  • Married Women’s Property Act 1964     Sharon Thompson

11 December 2019

  • Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919   Mari Takayanagi


Women’s Legal Landmarks at Manchester Law School

The Sylvia Pankhurst Gener and Diversity Research Centre hosts an afternoon discussion about the Project, the landmarks and feminist law reform. Speakers include Erika Rackley, Kay Lalor  Annapurna Waughray, Anne Morris, Nikki Godden-Rasul, Penny Russell and Ruth Lamont.

6 December 2-4pm, BR G.78 – Lecture Theatre 1, Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University. More details here.

Find out more about the Women’s Legal Landmarks Project

Project leaders, Rosemary Auchmuty and Erika Rackley, talk to Elizabeth Woodcraft about the aims, methodology and ambitions for the Project for PodAcademy

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