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International Women’s Day – Lois Newton

Published: 12 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?

In my work life, it means choosing to challenge gender stereotypes and out-of-date practices that indirectly create inequality in the workplace. It is important that as our society evolves, so too should the workplace. Measures such as flexible working and shared parental leave have helped change the foundation and create the opportunities for more women to excel alongside their colleagues, but there is always more to be done.

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 have been many women who have helped shape the legal profession both in the UK and internationally, from gender equality pioneers such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to every woman who has pursued a career in law. We all have a role to play in striving towards creating an environment where everyone is equal.

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

The legal profession is ever evolving and by joining, you can be part of that change. I consider myself fortunate to work alongside women who are inspiring and driven, and we have developed good friendships through sharing similar beliefs and ambitions. There are many opportunities for women in law and there is great pride in continuing to help shape the profession for future generations.

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

The women who I admire the most are those who support, encourage and empower others. Those who listen and learn, and are not afraid to speak up to drive change.

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

For me personally, it has been progressing in a sector I love (Land and Rural Business) and making a positive impact, while also raising my two young boys. I believe that a career in law is full of opportunity and I am looking forward to building on my experience and to the places it will take me.

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