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18 April 2016

Gendered Lives: Charlotte Proudman Guest Lecture

About this event

Charlotte Proudman is a barrister in family law and a fearless advocate of women’s rights. She is an expert in Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriage and honour-based killings, and is currently a doctoral researcher in the department of Sociology at Cambridge University, researching FGM. She is a major participant on the BBC’s Women’s Hour, and has appeared on BBC News, ITV News and Newsnight. Her articles and comment pieces regularly appear in the Guardian and the New Statesman, and her work has also been published in numerous other major media outlets. Charlotte was thrust into the public eye last year, after her calling-out of a senior barrister’s unprofessional and sexist comments on LinkedIn provoked controversy on both social and conventional media.

Charlotte’s lecture, entitled 'Breaking the Cycle of Institutional Sexism in the Legal Profession with Quotas for Women', will explore wider issues of institutional sexism within the legal profession. Charlotte’s discussion will explore how feminists have been campaigning against sexist and discriminatory laws for centuries. With only approximately 13% of Queen’s Counsel and 25% of judges being women, she suggests that the people writing and enforcing the law are disproportionately biased to one gender, ethnicity, and class. Her argument is that, as the law is currently predominantly male, white and upper-class, only quotas for women will ensure gender equality in a legal profession in which sexism is endemic.