More than a handful

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This piece reflects, takes stock, and imagines future developments in gender equality and diversity in the Scottish legal profession while highlighting areas for improvement. It is an appraisal of the work still needed to truly diversify the legal profession, and a chance to spotlight widening participation and social mobility while critiquing the need for more and deeper work to make the next steps of progress that we need to. More than 100 years after the first women graduated with law degrees, where are we now? We now have more women studying and practising law than at any other time in history, but they are still not reaching the higher levels in the same numbers as the men. There is also, crucially, intersectionality to consider and how much more difficult it is for, e.g., a woman with a disability, or a woman of colour. While any ‘first’ is a cause for celebration, true equity will come when we have no more to count.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • legal profession
  • diversity
  • equity
  • widening participation
  • social mobility


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