by ANTONIA NITA 15 March 2018, 11:02
Mary Sykes was one of the first women in England to qualify as a solicitor. In 1922, she was only the second female to be admitted to the profession, following in the footsteps of Carrie Morrison. The daughter of a Huddersfield solicitor, Mary Sykes served her articles with her father while studying for her law degree and later set up her own firm called Mary E. Sykes and Co in 1930. She went on to become a Justice of the Peace and the Secretary of the Huddersfield Law Society, as well as Mayor of Huddersfield.
She is currently among a unique group featured in an exhibition in London to mark the rise of women in the legal profession called "From minority to majority: the rise of women in the solicitors' profession".
Renaming the Courtroom after her would be a great tribute to her as a solicitor but also a statement of support for women in the profession and not only, given the supportive and inclusive environment we have at the University of Huddersfield. Maybe this can be done on next year's International Women's Day, to further increase its impact, as this year's 8th March had a great response in the University and the country in general
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