Talking Up Equality: Women Barristers and the Denial of Discrimination
This article examines the phenomenon of women barristers' denials of the existence of discrimination against women at the Bar, against a backdrop of widespread evidence of sex discrimination and gender bias in this branch of the legal profession. Using interview transcripts from a research study of the status of women at one of the independent Bars in Australia, the article analyses the various stories told by senior women barristers to the interviewers about their gender and experiences at the Bar. It argues that structural and psychological explanations of denials of discrimination are inadequate to account for the range and public nature of the stories told by these women. Rather, the evidence suggests that the women's interview responses were part of the active constitution of themselves as (non/gendered) subjects of the Bar.
Feminist Legal Studies