Legal profession urged to ponder gender diversity on Women’s Suffrage Day

19 September was Women’s Suffrage day, marking 124 years since the country’s Electoral Law gave women the same right as men to vote. The enactment of the law in 1893 made New Zealand the first country in the world to give women the vote.

“As a nation we are proud of our status as the first country to give women the vote, but the legal profession needs to work together to continue to advance and retain our women lawyers. The draft Gender Diversity and Inclusion Charter currently out for consultation is a further step in the right direction,” said Kathryn Beck, Law Society president.

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