Wednesday 4 March
Venue: Students Union
Soapbox speakers will feature women from around the University talking about who they are, what they do and the contribution they make to our University, whether this is as a captain of a sports team, president of a student society, part of professional services, a researcher or an academic! One woman, one box, 5 minutes, one huge contribution.
- This event is open to staff and students
Women's Forum Meeting
Venue: Physics Building, Room F11
International Women’s Week is the perfect time to have a taster of our Women’s Forum on Wednesday 04 March at 1230. Join us for an informal chat about who we are, our history and what we do to support each other at the institution.
The Women’s Forum supports the work and careers of women at the University of Leicester. There are still a range of women-specific challenges in higher education that result in women not participating and advancing their careers on an equal footing with men. The Women’s Forum was set up in 2014 and continues to exist today.
- This event is open to staff only
100 Years of Women in Law: Women on the Jury in Leicester after 1919
Venue: Fielding Johnson Building, Law School, Room 164
This paper will explore the practical consequences of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 on the jury system in Leicester. Leicester was unusual in being one of ten cities which were not required to observe the property qualifications (qualifications which excluded many women from juries even after 1919), until this discretion was abolished at the end of 1920. Leicester is also unusual in having fairly good records of the jurors who were called to serve during the interwar period. This makes it possible to construct a detailed account of exactly how the institution functioned in the years after women were first added to the lists of people qualified to serve. Leicester seems to have been more relaxed than many other places about admitting women to its juries after 1919, and in 1920 every jury deciding cases at the city’s assizes was made up of six women and six men. Even after 1920, the officials operating Leicester’s courts appear to have been more relaxed than people working at other comparable local jurisdictions about having women on their juries. This paper will draw out some of the details of what all this actually meant in practice, and will situate Leicester within a broader context of practices elsewhere in England and Wales at this time.