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International Women's Day

Events celebrating IWD

Women in the workplace: what does professional look like?

This year City, University of London invited leading experts to discuss the very current issues surrounding women's appearance in the workplace.

Watch the full length video (YouTube)


  • Angela Jackman - Senior Law Lecturer and partner at Simpson Millar
    Angela's recent research centres on the way an African-Caribbean woman choose to wear her hair. She recently had some evidence published in the House of Commons Joint  Committee report into “High heels and workplace dress codes”.
  • Charlotte Proudman - Barrister, expert and media commentator on women's rights
  • Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite - Lecturer in twentieth century British History, UCL
    Florence is a historian of 20th century Britain, and has published on Thatcherism, New Labour, and ideas about class, gender and sexuality in the late 20th century. She is also co-editor of Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy.
  • Nicola Thorp – actress and equality campaigner.
    Nicola was recently subjected to gender discrimination in a temporary role as a receptionist, when she was sent home for not wearing high heels. The incident has resulted in a parliamentary debate to review the law around discriminatory dress codes.
  • We were delighted to welcome our chair for the evening Professor Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City and expert and researcher on women in broadcasting.

HAIR and NOW: Be bold for change

The City BAME Network's International Women's Day event  discussed women's hair styles and subsequent issues around discrimiation. Panel included Angela Jackman, who highlighted some of the issues that arose in her 2011 successful High Court challenge to a school policy which excluded an African-Caribbean boy for wearing his hair in cornrows, and Krystal Glasford, psyhoclogist and teacher of Social Sciences.

What does success look like?

Our panellists discussed how students can achieve success in their careers as they graduate from City, but also recognised that women should celebrate their successes in other areas of their life, too, whether it be hobbies, family, social change or being a role model for others.

Panel included:

  • Sara Fox, Principal, Fox&Co. Consulting – she designed the Gherkin!
  • Sharon Northey, Securities Associate Manager, Accenture
  • Kate White, CEO, National Centre for Circus Arts.

CV Booster clinics for Law students

To mark International Women’s Day our lecturers ran drop-in CV booster clinics for all LLB students..

City Law Alumnae Network Panel discussion about Women at the Bar 

This panel discussion focused on practice at the English Bar as well as provided insights about Women at the Bar.

Feminist Judging: Applying Feminist Theory to Legal Practice

GDL students  invited Professor Rosemary Hunter (Queen Mary) to speak on feminist judging.

Professor Hunter discussed the methods and outcomes of the series of Feminist Judgment Projects, which over the last 10 years have engaged in rewriting judgments from a feminist perspective. She examined the ways these projects have put feminist legal theory into practice across a range of cases, including in less obvious areas such as company law, tax law and environmental law.

Develop at City Masterclasses (City staff only)

Courage, Confidence and the Imposter

This masterclass with inspirational speaker Kate Atkin explored what confidence is, how it differs from courage, the beliefs and behaviours that support and detract from our confidence and how to find that essential boost when you need it the most.

Image, Impact and Influence

This masterclass explored how important image really is and where it comes from, particularly focussing on non-verbal cues. Participants discovered the impact they are making and learnt how to tweak their behaviour to ensure they make the impact they want to.

Is parity possible?

Are targets the only way to get women on to corporate boards?

Watch our video to find out more.

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