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International Women’s Day – Caitlin Keegan

Published: 10 March 2021
Time to read: 2 mins

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge – what does that mean for you in your work life?

I feel it’s really important to challenge the perceptions that women face simply because they are women.  For example the perception that motherhood means your career becomes less important.  That is simply not the case for me and a lot of other women.  I believe we should be celebrated and promoted on our merits and not our gender just as in the same way as men are!

Tell us about a woman who you believe has helped shape the legal profession since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 allowed women to become lawyers?

There are so many women to admire both past and present however there is no doubt Dame Elish Angiolini has broken all sorts of glass ceilings.

On the week of International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their a career in law?

Don’t think, just do it! Yes it is challenging but it is so rewarding.  I made the decision at 29 to go back to University to study Law and I have never regretted it, even on the most difficult of days.

Which woman (or women) do you admire the most?

My Mum was such a role model to me growing up.  She worked 6 days a week but was always there for my brothers and I.  It reminds me now on the tough days that it is possible to “have it all”.  I also take daily inspiration from my female colleagues here at GM.  Each of them working hard and excelling in their chosen fields.

What has been your proudest moment in your career so far?

Qualifying as a Solicitor was such an achievement however being promoted for the first time to Senior Solicitor really felt like my hard work and determination was paying off.  I hope to have more of those moments in the future.

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