Gender, Choice and Commitment: Women Solicitors in England and Wales and the Struggle for Equal Status

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Hilary Sommerlad, Peter Sanderson

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Routledge
Published January 15, 2019
Reference - 348 Pages
ISBN 9780429427350 - CAT# KE69006
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

First published in 1998, this volume is the first full-length discussion of women’s experiences in the solicitors’ profession in the UK. It provides an account which is grounded in historical research and a contemporary research study. The authors explore this material to analyze both women’s own experiences and the mainstream culture and structure of the profession. Following a treatment of the struggle against the formal exclusionary barriers to women’s entry to the profession, this book then seeks to identify the informal obstacles which were subsequently erected to women’s participation and career progression, and examine their persistence, in a modified form, into the contemporary era. The analysis draws on perspectives from feminist jurisprudence to the sociology of the professions to shed light on the processes which support women’s continued subordination in employment as lawyers.

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