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Baroness Hale – Richmond School Girl to Spider Woman

07 September 2021  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

We are pleased to share our second event preview from the Richmond Walking and Book Festival. Annabel, in Year 11, has prepared a fabulous piece about Baroness Hale, former President of the Supreme Court, who will speak about her life and times and soon-to-be published memoirs, “Spider Woman”. The event will be hosted at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire on Monday 20th September. Tickets are £15 and can be ordered at THE GEORGIAN THEATRE Disabled access is available. Please enjoy Annabel’s feature below.

Have you ever dreamt of what life as a superhero would be like? Well now your dreams can become reality! On the 20th of September, 7:30pm, at the Georgian Theatre Royal, meet the UK’s legendary Spider Woman – Baroness Hale (the first-ever woman member of the Law Commission and Lord of Appeal). From a Richmond School Girl to the former President of the UK’s Supreme Court, Baroness Hale has done it all. An achievement in itself was being the first-ever female student from our very own Richmond School to attend Cambridge University (and subsequently be the first to study law). However, that was only the first of the many ground-breaking, stigma-defying accomplishments that Baroness Hale would go on to achieve. Studying in a male dominated field allowed Baroness Hale to understand more than anyone the unjust treatment that women, children and people from disadvantaged backgrounds were subjected to. This led to Baroness Hale’s lifelong fight against inequality in a range of areas such as: domestic violence, divorce and mental health.

Baroness Hale became a household name in 2019 whilst being President of the Supreme Court after declaring the prorogation of Parliament as unlawful. People across the country were introduced to North Yorkshire’s shining star and her infamous spider brooch! It is evident that Baroness Hale has a world of knowledge and countless stories to tell. Luckily, many of which are documented in her brand new book ‘Spider Woman’ which comes out in October. Baroness Hale reveals the truth behind her extraordinary life and how a little grit, determination and hard work can allow you to reach for the stars. The Georgian Theatre Royal is offering you an opportunity to listen to an inspirational talk and question and answer session with Baroness Hale. Whilst also having a sneak preview of her new book. Here you will learn how the law shapes and supports the world that we all live in and why Baroness Hale believes in her motto ‘women are equal to everything’!

Annabel Gorman, Year 11 student, Richmond School and Sixth Form College

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