The 1990’s saw the end of the economic boom and in the recession that followed career prospects in the legal sector became more uncertain for solicitors, both at the junior and senior end. Throughout the decade women began to play a greater role in public life.
Episode Seven | The Seventh Decade: 1979 – 1989 🎧
The 1980s were characterised by the premiership of Margaret Thatcher as the UK’s first woman Prime Minister.
Episode Six | The Sixth Decade: 1969 – 1979 🎧
Discussing discrimination and the impact of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. What was the experience of discrimination in the professions? To what extent did things change following the passing of the Act? Did the earlier Equal Pay Act 1970 have an impact for women trying to forge a career in law?
Episode Five | The Fifth Decade: 1959 – 1969 🎧
The 1960’s was a time of profound social change. The abolition of capital punishment, legalisation of homosexuality and abortion, the introduction of the contraceptive pill, and the Married Women’s Property Act affected women's rights in everyday life.
Episode Four | Hostile Culture 🎧
Join host Lucinda Acland and guests for a discussion of the 1950s, characterised by a post-war growing economy and technological advances.
Episode Three | The Third Decade: 1939 – 1949 🎧
Join host Lucinda Acland and guests for a discussion of the 1940s, the impact of World War Two in the perception of women in the world of work and for women in the legal profession
Episode Two | The Second Decade: 1929 – 1939 🎧
Join host Lucinda Acland and guests for a discussion of the first few pioneering female lawyers, and their experiences during the early years of women being allowed to practice law.
Episode One | The First Decade: 1919-1929 🎧
The first in the series, this podcast discusses the decade from 1919-1929. Join host Lucinda Acland and guests for a discussion of the fight that led up to the legal change in 1919. What impacted the law, and what was its impact? How did the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 come to be passed, who were its biggest champions and why? Did the law change the culture of the profession? What was its immediate impact?