Women as Queen’s Counsel: why are numbers so low?

Women as Queen’s Counsel: why are numbers so low?

Significantly fewer women than men apply for QC each year. Since data collection began in 1995, the number of male applicants has been recorded as consistently (and considerably) higher. This begs the question: why are numbers so low? Interestingly, a recent article produced by The Lawyer looks at the QC gender problem from an employment law perspective, and considers whether or not it is the result of a system that actively works against female barristers.

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Maternity rights: Working Families’ response blog on EAT decision (Ali vs Capita Customer Management)

Working Families has responded to today’s decision from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the case of Ali vs Capita Customer Management:

Today’s decision is an important safeguard for the special employment protection needed for pregnant women and new mothers. We intervened in this case because the particular workplace disadvantage women face having experienced pregnancy and childbirth must continue to be recognised in law. Only women can experience childbirth, and maternity leave is to protect women’s health and wellbeing – it cannot simply be equated with “childcare”.

The full blog post is available here.