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Gender, Choice and Commitment

Hilary SommerladFaculty of Law, Leeds Metropolitan University, Peter SandersonSchool of Education, University of Huddersfield

ISBN13: 9781840144543
ISBN: 1840144548
Published: September 1999
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This is a discussion of women's experiences in the solicitor's profession in the UK. It provides an account which is grounded in historical research and a contemporary research study. The authors explore this material to analyze both women's own experiences and the mainstream culture and structure of the profession. Following a treatment of the struggle against the formal exclusionary barriers to women's entry into the profession, the book then seeks to identify the informal obstacles which were subsequently erected to women's participation and career progression, and examines their persistence, in a modified form, into the contemporary era. The analysis draws on perspectives from feminist jurisprudence to the sociology of the professions to shed light on the processes which support women's continued subordination in employment as lawyers.

Gender and the legal labour market; the common sense of mankind - the common law and the historical exclusion of women from the legal profession; bonds of trust - from informal exclusion to full participation?; the men's room - cultural capital and the fraternal contract; she's alright for a bird - the accommodation of women; the meaning of the career break - human capital, cultural capital, social capital.