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Girton, a College originally founded for women, marks International Day of Women Judges on Friday 10 March 2023 by celebrating some of our trailblazing alumnae in Law and looking at some of the career challenges they faced.
A Girton education lies behind a great many firsts! In the legal profession, these include: the first woman Judge, then President of the International Court of Justice; the first woman Judge in the Chancery Division of the High Court and first woman Chair of the Law Commission of England and Wales; the first woman Law Lord, Supreme Court Justice, then President of the Supreme Court; and the first woman to be appointed a Judge of the Commercial Court, then Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, and subsequently Vice-President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal. We currently keep in touch with over 700 alumni working in the legal professions, two thirds of them women.
Here we explore the life and work of Lady Arden, Dame Elizabeth Gloster, Lady Hale and Dame Rosalyn Higgins.
During our 150th Anniversary, we hosted Lady Hale, Lady Arden and Dame Rosalyn Higgins in conversation with Fellow in Law and former Vice-Mistress, Karen Lee. They discuss the main challenges they faced during their careers, including suffering from imposter syndrome, the pressures of life in independent practice, and what they think needs to change in law careers.