Centenary of Women’s Legal Status Act of 1918

2018 marks the centenary of the landmark Women’s Legal Status Act on 1918 which gave women the right to practise as lawyers in New South Wales.

To mark the centenary, the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC will deliver the 2018 Forbes Lecture on 30 May 2018 in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. Members and guests are warmly invited to attend this important Lecture to be chaired by Arthur Moses SC

Anyone interested in the background to the passage of the Act can find further details in the following article on the topic  published  in Bar News Summer, 2010 – 2011.  Background to the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918,

Women Marching in Sydney in 1917 - reviewed by Lady Helen Munro Ferguson.

VADs marching in Sydney in 1917 – Lady Cullen, wife of Chief Justice Sir William Cullen was the State President of the Red Cross and a leading public figure at the time. One of the main reasons given for the passage of the Act was that women had ‘proved their worth’ through their support of the war.