Women QCs: a quick look at the data

Perhaps in terms of gender equality, these graphics indicate the stark and persistent differences between the variables: fair, equal and same, which linger on, even today.

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The MoJ’s press release on recent QC appointments says this, “More female and black and minority ethnic candidates have been appointed Queen’s Counsel than ever before.” And the QC appointments panel data says this, “We are pleased that the number of women applying and being successful continues to rise, and that the proportion of women amongst those appointed is at its highest level ever.” (see the press release on its site).

So it is worth pointing out the following.

The year the most women were appointed as QCs in absolute terms was in 2006 (there were 68 compared with this year’s 56). You can see the graph of the data here.

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And in terms of the proportion of women applicants,  66% of women applicants succeeded in 2011/12 whereas this year it was 55%. Another picture…

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And if we turn to the data that the press departments want us to focus on…

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