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Spider woman

By: Hale, Lady

1847926592 / 9781847926593
Hardback
07/10/2021
Published 07/10/2021
United Kingdom
24 cm 320 pages
General (US: Trade)  Learn More Professional & Vocational Tertiary Education (US: College)

'Brenda Hale's story is extraordinary. She has been a pioneer... Spider woman and agent of change' Harriet HarmanLady Hale is an inspirational figure admired for her historic achievements and for the causes she has championed.

Spider Woman is her story. As President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale won global attention in finding the 2019 prorogation of Parliament to be unlawful.

Yet that dramatic moment was merely the pinnacle of a career throughout which she was hailed as a pioneering reformer. As 'a little girl from a little school in a little village in North Yorkshire', she only went into the law because her headteacher told her she wasn't clever enough to study history.

She became the most senior judge in the country but it was an unconventional path to the top. How does a self-professed 'girly swot' get ahead in a profession dominated by men?

Was it a surprise that the perspectives of women and other disadvantaged groups had been overlooked, or that children's interests were marginalised?

A lifelong smasher of glass-ceilings, who took as her motto 'women are equal to everything', her landmark rulings in areas including domestic violence, divorce, mental health and equality were her attempt to correct that. Wise, warm and inspiring, Spider Woman shows how the law shapes our world and supports us in crisis.

It is the story of how Lady Hale found that she could overcome the odds, which shows that anyone from similar beginnings will find that they can cope too.

BIC:

1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain, BM Memoirs, JFFK Feminism & feminist theory, JFSJ1 Gender studies: women, JPHL Political leaders & leadership, LAQ Law & society

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