International Women’s Day – Each for Equal
International Women’s Day has been celebrated for well over a century, with the first gathering in 1911. Sunday 8th March is the 109th International Women’s Day.
This year’s theme is Each for Equal. An equal world is an enabled world. With the aim to:
- Celebrate women’s achievements
- Raise awareness against bias
- And take action for equality.
Throughout this week, we have been celebrating just some of the women who help make Hampson Hughes great. These women are hardworking, talented and all-round superb. The majority successfully progressing their careers throughout their time at Hampson Hughes.
You can read about some of the Hampson Hughes women here:
- Niamh Wilson
- Rebecca Zaidi-Lowe
- Nicola Bignell
- Tracy Bond
- Lisa Kane
- Hollie Davies
- Sophie Doran
- Lauren Landry
- Rachel Simms
It wasn’t so long ago that women were not welcomed into the world of law – 101 years ago to be precise. It was only in 1919, when the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act paved the way for women to become lawyers in the UK. In 1922, four women passed their examinations with First Class Degrees and were the first to be admitted to the role of solicitors.
It is said that in 1931, there were around 100 women who had qualified as solicitors. But as of 2018 there are 92,384 (50.85%) women on the roll compared to 89,584 (49.2%) men. This shows how far women really have come in law.
The Hampson Hughes team is made up of:
- 17 males
- 28 females
- 5 female managers
- 4 male managers
- And the average length of service is 4.7 years
Hampson Hughes Solicitor is a friendly bunch, that offers the right progression for each member of the team. We pride ourselves on equality and diversity. Along with, progression, support, flexibility and work-life balance.
- Niamh Wilson comments: ‘’As a working mum, the firm has bent over backwards and offered me the right role, hours and flexibility to help me get my work/life balance’’
- Lisa Kane: ‘’Hampson Hughes provided me with ample support by allowing me time off to focus on my studies and supplied in-house training during my time with the firm’’
- Lauren Landry: ‘’I always wanted to work within Clinical Negligence and Hampson Hughes gave me the opportunity to change areas’’.
We have loved celebrating our female employees and showcasing just a snippet of their never ending talent. Yet, we are endlessly proud of our workforce, every employee is equal. Our employees are the driving force behind the success of the firm and we are grateful for each and every one of them.
However, we should not forget those women whose work and motivation made it possible for ourselves and others to pursue our chosen careers.