Milestones for BC women in the law

 

1912

Despite the opposition of the legal profession, the BC Legislature passes An Act to remove the Disability of Women so far as relates to the Study and Practice of the Law, SBC 1912, c. 18

1912

Mabel Penery FrenchMabel Penery French, already a lawyer in New Brunswick, becomes the first woman called to the Bar in BC

1913

Cecelia Rebecca Green of Victoria is the first woman to study law in BC

1929

Edith Paterson is appointed to the Juvenile Court, making her the first female member of the Law Society to become a judge

1951

Connie Isherwood (nee Holmes) receives the gold medal at UBC — the first woman to receive this honour

1969

Mary Southin, QCMary Southin becomes the first woman to receive a QC

1971

Mary Southin, QC is the first woman elected a Law Society Bencher

1977

Mary Southin, QC becomes the first woman Treasurer (President) of the Law Society

1977

Patricia Proudfoot is the first woman appointed to the BC Supreme Court

1980

Marlene Scott, QC is the first woman President of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch

1985

Beverley McLachlin becomes the first woman on the BC Court of Appeal

1986

First time there is more than one woman Bencher at the same time: Jo-Ann Prowse and Pamela Murray, QC

1988

Dr. Anne Autor and Anne ClarkeFirst Lay Benchers appointed to the Law Society, two of the three are women: Mayor Anne Clarke (far right) and Dr. Anne Autor

1988

For the first time at the University of BC, women students outnumber men in first-year law (by 118 to 110)

1990

Maureen MaloneyMaureen Maloney, at the University of Victoria, becomes the first woman Dean of Law in BC

1995

For the first time at the University of Victoria, women students outnumber men in first-year law (by 52 to 51)

2000

Chief Justice McLachlinBeverley McLachlin, PC is appointed first female Chief Justice of Canada

2014

Jan Lindsay, QCIf elected at the 2011 AGM, Jan Lindsay, QC will be the first woman president of the Law Society to also hold the title “mother”

2088

Estimate at which women will achieve law-partner parity with men, if the current rate continues

 


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