WIPR Influential Women in IP 2020
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The good work
must go on
I began this project in the hope of doing my part to celebrate the work women
have done, and will continue to do, in the IP sector.
We published the inaugural issue in early 2019, a landmark year for women
in law. It marked the centenary since women were allowed to become barristers
and solicitors in the UK. Calls for gender diversity echoed across the industry,
carried along by the #MeToo movement.
But diversity comes in many different forms, and some are less visible than
others, so it’s time we shone a spotlight on these too. That’s why, in our second
edition, we’re focusing on more than just gender diversity.
That’s not to say gender equality in IP has been ‘achieved’—we still need to
fight for it. Alongside our features, we highlight 100 Influential Women in IP,
who are all playing a significant role in championing diversity and changing
the IP system.
The people we’ve spoken to within these pages have stories to tell, both good
and bad, and all have been open with us. It is only by making voices heard can
we, as an industry, change for the better.
We put together this publication amid the COVID-19 pandemic, during
which black, Asian and minority ethnic people have topped the list of those
dying from the virus.
Without forgetting the amazing work done by frontline workers and
volunteers, it’s important to focus on how this global healthcare crisis has
upended our working lives. The lines between work and life have become
increasingly blurred, and caring responsibilities and mental health are being
talked about more than ever before.
But what worries me is whether diversity and inclusion (D&I) issues are
being placed on the back burner as budgets tighten and focus turns solely to
immediate needs, at the expense of long-term objectives. There’s precedent—
diversity in law firms took a huge hit after the financial collapse of 2008. It’s
crucial that this isn’t allowed to happen again.
I’m not the only one with these concerns—law firms and organisations
committed to promoting D&I are raising the alarm, through partnerships and
The current healthcare crisis could truly be the ultimate test for D&I in
the legal profession, and it’s incumbent on everyone in the industry to play
Sarah Morgan, editor