This is a Friday Hoyden by way of a quickhit!
Born in 1877, she was the first woman to be called to the bar of England and Wales. She had taken and sailed through all her law exams by 1903, but university regulations at the time prevented her receiving her BA, MA or BCL. However, in 1920 the regulations on female students were changed and she received the credit she deserved, as did many other women.
She now set her heart on being called to the bar (not, it seems, for her own sake but to offer free legal advice to the poor). She expressed her determination, in an article for Woman’s World magazine in 1921, that if her application to join the bar was unsuccessful, she would petition parliament.
I highly recommend reading the whole thing!
If you’re wondering, the first woman called to the Bar in NSW was Ada Evans. That happened in 1921. The first woman to enter the legal profession in Australia (in Victoria) was Flos Greig. That happened in 1905. However, she practised as a solicitor, not a barrister.
These women (as well as women like Lady Justice Hallett) are among my legal heroes.
* Thumbnail pic: “Scales of Justice” at Citizensheep’s flickr stream.