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Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, 1919 30 Dec 2009
Ninety years since first equal opportunities legislation

In December 1919 the first piece of equal opportunities legislation entered the statute book. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act enabled women to join the professions for the first time. They could now become lawyers, vets and accountants; they could sit on juries and become magistrates. But not all feminists were happy with the legislation. Ninety years after the Act was passed, Jenni explores both the jubilation and the frustration it caused and considers the case of Helena Normanton, the first woman to be called to the Bar. She's joined by Dr Cheryl Law, author of Suffrage and Power: The Women’s Movement 1918-1928, and Judith Bourne, a Senior Lecturer in Law at London Metropolitan University who is completing a PhD on Helena Normanton.
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