Watch: Northern Ireland’s Moira Smyth QC discusses 100 years of women in law

Watch: Northern Ireland's Moira Smyth QC discusses 100 years of women in law

Northern Ireland barrister Moira Smyth QC reflected on 100 years of women in the law in the latest lecture in the Legal History Project series, which is now available to watch on YouTube.

The lecture followed a photographic exhibition hosted by The Bar of Northern Ireland, which celebrated and promoted the achievements of female QCs, including Ms Smyth.

Ms Smyth said: “There has never been a better time to be a woman in law in this jurisdiction. The Bar is happily a more diverse and inclusive profession than at any stage in our history.

“However, we must keep building the future for women. Despite recent progress, women still account for 35-40 per cent of the barrister profession across Northern Ireland and less than 20 per cent of the total number of QCs.

“The glass ceiling may be starting to fracture - but is yet to break.”

She added: “This photographic exhibition is important because visible examples of relatable role models have a powerful effect in inspiring and empowering others to follow in their footsteps.

“I’m delighted to have delivered the Women in Law Lecture and hope that these portraits can serve as a visible testament to what can be achieved and encourage the next generation of female barristers.”

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