There are many things over the years that have been wrong and bizarre in English Law and one, amongst many, which I am thankful to have been overturned is that a woman can be classed as a 'person' - and therefore can become a solicitor. Quite frankly it's a shock that it took until 1919 to come to this conclusion (let's not even get started on the law on marital rape).

As a teenager deciding whether to undertake a Law degree, I attended a lecture at Oxford University given by Lord Wilson detailing the unfair treatment of women under English Law. Although I can't remember most of the extensive list, one of the laws that I distinctly remember him telling the story of was the 'Rule of Thumb' - an expression that people use, probably that I've used, and never knew the origins of.

The Rule of Thumb was a rule held that a husband may legally beat his wife so long as it's with a stick no thicker than his thumb - hence, The Rule of Thumb. Definitely glad that one's gone, too.

I think what First 100 Years Project is trying to achieve is great and seeing what women have gone through to become a lawyer in the past makes me feel grateful for the situation of today for aspiring female solicitors.

There is no disputing how far we have come - from women not being considered people and being able to practise law, to having Baroness Hale sit as the President of the Supreme Court - it has to be said a lot has changed in just under 100 years (thank goodness).

However, although we've come far since then the article outlines the problems we still face now; with only 25% of partners being women yet 63% of Newly Qualified Lawyers being women, there clearly is still some disparity.

It's great that projects like First 100 Years and High Flying Women exist to try and challenge this together.