Can you spare five minutes of your time for an inspiring woman lawyer or group of women lawyers?
The Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies has recently launched a research project on inspiring women lawyers, with the aim of raising the profile of women whose contributions to law and other women are little known beyond their professional field.
The first stage of the research project involves an online survey of lawyers. The survey asks participants to nominate an inspiring woman lawyer or group of women lawyers and the reasons for their nomination.
Unlike the work of the First 100 Years project, this study aims to create an oral history audio archive. Interviews will be conducted with up to 50 women which will last up to 12 hours each. The interview recordings will be deposited at the British Library Sound Archive as a national resource.
The team is particularly interested in finding out about the life experiences of a diversity of women lawyers, particularly from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) heritage; from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer groups; (LGBTQ); those with disabilities; different faiths; working-class backgrounds; and women who came to England and Wales as migrants or refugees. They seek input from women lawyers who work across a range of sectors including commercial, advice work, public service and poverty law.