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A Celebration of Lincoln’s Inn Women

See our exhibition marking the centenary of the first women members of Lincoln’s Inn called to the Bar and be part of our new Mercy Ashworth portrait.

Women barristers in gowns and collars in the Lincoln's Inn Library

On 26 January 1923, Mercy Ashworth and Mithan Tata were the first women members of Lincoln’s Inn to be called to the Bar.

To honour the centenary of this incredible achievement, we are inviting Lincoln’s Inn members (and guests) to an exhibition that highlights the great strides that have been achieved in the legal profession through the stories of some of the most ground-breaking and influential women members of the Inn.

As part of this celebration, we are delighted to announce plans for the creation of a new artwork of Mercy Ashworth which will be hung in the building that was named after her. For this, we will be collaborating with Spark21, a charity that was founded to celebrate, inform and inspire future generations of women in law through multi-media processes that include exhibitions and photo mosaics. We are inviting our members who identify as women to have their photo taken at these events, which will then be used to create the mosaic portrait of Mercy Ashworth.

The exhibition will start in London on 26 January, before heading to Manchester (Northern Circuit) on Wednesday 8 February, and Birmingham (Midlands Circuit) on Tuesday 28 March. There will be the opportunity for our women members to be photographed for the artwork at each of these events should they wish to take part.

Full details on how to book your place at these celebratory events can be found on the What’s On pages:


Read more about the first women admitted as members of Lincoln’s Inn. In 1920 six women were admitted to the Inn following the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919.

Please find more information here about becoming a Bencher of the Inn.