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.

Women and mental illness: a LinkedIn post from Suzanne McKie QC

Suzanne McKie QC has published a LinkedIn post on an important report regarding the deterioration of mental health amongst women. The post is available here, and is also reproduced below.


“Based on a Report by the Mental Health Foundation (available on its website), the article refers to the increase in self-harm in recent years and that women are significantly more likely than men to suffer from PTSD. The MHF Report refers to the increasing deterioration in the mental health of young women and widening gap between women and men where mental illness is concerned. The Report also cites domestic violence, abuse, social media, online culture and pornography as being principally to blame for an increase in mental illness amongst young women. Perhaps now more than ever we need to further address the particular pressures now on women to be perfect in what we do (as mothers, in terms of career etc), how we look and how we behave. That and the palpable way in which women still continue to self-blame.”