100 Years of Women in Law

2019 is the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time.

The University of Glasgow is proud that the first female lawyer in the UK was a graduate of the University. Madge Easton Anderson graduated on 8 November 1919 with a Bachelor in Law (BL) and went on to graduate the following year with an LLB. She was the first practising female law agent in Scotland and the first professional female lawyer in the UK. She later became the first woman to qualify in both jurisdictions of Scotland and England and Wales.

To celebrate Madge and women in law, the School of Law has been holding a series of events, exhibitions and projects throughout 2019, which will continue into 2020.

This is an ongoing collaboration between members of the School, Alison Lindsay (National Archives Scotland) and Pat Lucie (University of Glasgow) to piece together a fuller picture of Anderson and other early pioneering women in law.

If you have a story to share please get in touch by emailing Seonaid Stevenson: Seonaid.Stevenson@glasgow.ac.uk