Aylesbury Library celebrates 100 years of women in the law

L-R, Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman, Cllr Brian Roberts, I.Stephanie Boyce, Mr Francis Sheridan

Aylesbury Library has proudly received a copy of a new book marking 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was passed – allowing women to enter the same professions as men. 

The book, “First: 100 years of Women in Law” has been specially donated by local resident and experienced solicitor I. Stephanie Boyce, who was elected deputy Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales earlier this year. Stephanie went to school at Bearbrook Primary in Aylesbury and then attended the Grange School as a child before her family moved to the USA where she continued her studies. She then came back to the UK and her first job in the profession was at a local Aylesbury firm.

The book celebrates in particular how the 1919 Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act allowed women to enter the legal profession and become lawyers. The book charts the journey of women in the law and features Stephanie herself who boasts a few ‘firsts’, including the fact that she will be the first ethnic minority to hold the post of President of the Law Society when she becomes president in 2021.

Stephanie chose to donate the book to her local library – Aylesbury – to inspire the next generation of women in the legal profession.

Visiting Aylesbury Library today to hand over the copy, she said:

“I want young local women to be inspired by this book and to see how things have changed for women in the legal profession over the last century. I began my legal career here in Aylesbury and it’s really important to me to make this donation to my local library.”

Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman Brian Roberts accepted the book on behalf of the library and also present was local Crown Court Judge Mr Francis Sheridan.

Cllr Roberts said, “It’s been an honour to meet Stephanie. We are very grateful for her donation of this important book and for recognising the value of giving our fantastic library here in Aylesbury another valuable reading resource.

I do hope it inspires lawyers of the future and I also want to remind everyone that we have great study facilities here at the library including lots of computer terminals and quiet study space – so whatever you are studying for, do come to the Library.”