Helena Kennedy QC added to the First 100 Years project’s digital library

The First 100 Years Project has established a digital museum and historical video collection celebrating women pioneers in the law, and charting the journey of women in law from 1919 to 2019.  Founder member of Chambers Baroness Helena Kennedy QC has had her story added to the digital library, which you can read by clicking here:


In her interview, Helena spoke of her working-class roots in Glasgow, and the stereotypes she faced when called to the Bar in 1972.  From the early days of her career she focused on the gendered impact of the law, and was well known for representing women who regularly should not have been in the courts at all.


In an event last night at Irwin Mitchell’s London offices, the video of the First 100 Years interview with Helena was premiered.  As they say in their description of her,  


"Helena Kennedy is one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights.

She has used many public platforms – including the House of Lords, to which she was elevated in 1997 – to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children."


You can watch the video below.  You can also see Helena being interviewed at greater length at our International Women's Day celebrations on Saturday 2nd March, "What More Can The Law Do For Women?"  She will speak on the work and experiences which have led to her groundbreaking new book, Eve Was Shamed.  Full details of the day, and booking information, can be found on our website by clicking here



First 100 Years: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC