Ivy Williams

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Ivy Williams (7 September 1877 – 18 February 1966) was the first woman to be called to the English bar in 1922. The daughter of a solicitor, she also had a barrister brother who died during the Great War. She completed her studies at the Society of Oxford Home Students, passed all her exams by 1903 but was unable to matriculate at Oxford until 1920 because of restrictions on women students. In that year women were admitted into the inns of court, and she was called to the bar two years later. She taught law at the Society of Oxford Home Students from 1920 to 1945. In later years as her eyesight began to fail, she taught herself how to read braille and wrote a braille primer published by the National Institute for the Blind in 1948.

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