120 years of Women in the Law

Ethel Benjamin, 1896 the first woman barrister in New Zealand

September 21, 2016 ·  Celebrating 120 years of women in the law with New Zealand Law Society, September 2016. In 1896, NZ Parliament changed the law that prevented women lawyers. One year later the first woman barrister, Ethel Benjamin, stood centre stage on the Court steps in Dunedin NZ.