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Friday, 4 October 2019

CWIL Launch 2019On 27 September the Faculty officially launched a new initiative, Cambridge Women in Law (CWIL), to mark the contribution of women in Law and, in particular, to celebrate the contribution of Cambridge alumnae both to legal practice and the wider world. The launch event, which coincided with the Cambridge Alumni Festival, marked the centenary of the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, when women were finally allowed to practise law. A new social network, Cambridge Women in Law is open to all who studied at Cambridge and who work in the legal sector, or apply their legal skills in other fields.

The launch event was divided into three parts. The first was a panel focusing on issues facing women in practice. This was followed by a panel which was oriented around women who have had an impact on the world outside practice, such as in the field of public policy. Finally, there was a discussion with UK Supreme Court Justices Lady Hale and Lady Arden. Equality and diversity were key discussion themes throughout. To coincide with the launch of Cambridge Women in Law, the Faculty hosted an exhibition of the much heralded First 100 Years Project.

For more information about the event, download the full programme.

For more information about CWIL you can sign up to the CWIL mailing list to receive information about future news and events, or get in touch with the Faculty Development Officer, Clare Gordon at

The three sessions are available to view online:

Panel 1: Women in practice

Panel 2: Women in the wider world

In discussion: Lady Brenda Hale (President of The Supreme Court) and Lady Mary Arden (Justice of The Supreme Court)

A gallery of photographs from the event is also available:

Cambridge Women in Law Launch Event September 2019

CWIL is supported by the Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law