Since 1990 women have represented over 60 per cent of new entrants into the profession, and our Annual Statistics report for 2017 revealed there are now more women than men practicing as solicitors.
These statistics and role models are encouraging, yet it is clear that more can still be done.
One of the Law Society's key aims is to develop an international platform for women and men to discuss how to support women in leadership roles in the profession.
We are supporting Care International's March4Women, which is seeking sponsorship for the March 2019 event.
The relationship management team has been engaging with firms across the regions on a number of issues.
As Christina Blacklaws takes the reins as new Law Society president, one of her presidential themes is women in leadership in law. How can lawyers and local law societies in the regions help?
As the solicitor profession becomes increasingly diverse, pressure is growing for greater equality in the workplace, the Law Society said.
The Law Society, alongside the Women's Lawyers Division, has launched a programme of work that aims to achieve equality for women within the legal profession both in our jurisdiction and internationally, with three main objectives, outlined here.
The largest international survey of women in the law has been released by the Law Society of England and Wales to mark International Women's Day 2018, shedding light on the road to gender equality in the legal profession.
2017 was a hugely significant year for women lawyers, who are now the majority (50.2%) of practising solicitors in England and Wales. Yet, of the 30,000 partners in private practice, only 28% of partners are women.
"Feel empowered. And if you start to do it, if you start to feel your voice heard, you will never go back." Mary Robinson