Women’s History Month: Dr Ivy Williams

Posted: 18th March 2022


This year for International Women’s History Month our Historians are celebrating the first woman in England & Wales to become a barrister and be allowed to argue in court. This made Dr Ivy Williams an important role model for future women. For 600 years women had not been allowed to become barristers until 1922 when Dr Ivy Williams received a certificate of honour (first class) in her final bar examinations and earned the distinction of being the first woman to be called to the bar. Her appointment was hailed by the Law Journal as “one of the most memorable days in the long annals of the legal profession”.  She had a very distinguished career and achieved many firsts eventually becoming a fellow at Oxford University.

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