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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day and for more than a century people around the world have been marking this day.  

Different countries around the world celebrate it in different ways, from national holidays for women to giving flowers.  This year the theme of International Women’s Day campaign is #PressforProgress and the BBC are running a 100 Women campaign.  Read more on the BBC News article – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-42824064?SThisFB 

At SCE Solicitors we have many wonderful women working for us and think today we are perfectly justified in celebrating them.  This year Courtney Janotta, a paralegal at the firm, has been given the spotlight; let us take you through her journey.  

“My mother always knew I’d be a lawyer…I guess mothers know best. I’ve always felt that I was given a voice to use, but I didn’t know I’d be able to turn that into a career. 

I started out at university by studying marketing and business because I didn’t know what to study, and I felt unengaged. I even tried transferring to another university in their business department but realised it wasn’t for me.  

Finally, I realised that I could study anything I wanted to, so I transferred to study political science and absolutely fell in love. Law is a post-graduate degree for Americans, and I felt that a political science would be a good bachelor’s degree to get the foundation I needed to study law, particularly research and analysis. 

After a study-abroad course to the UK I knew I wanted to study law across the pond, but nobody I knew had ever studied law abroad and my professors and university counsellors struggled on how to advise me. It had turned into my dream, so I found a way and was overjoyed to be accepted into Leeds University.   

Working as a woman in employment law feels such a natural fit for me. I enjoy the ability to get tucked into research, developing legal arguments, and advising clients.” 

To find out more about more about who we are at please visit the SCE team page on our website or if you follow us on Twitter – SCEEmpLaw – you can help us to celebrate some ofthe other wonderful females that work with us.

We hope you join us in celebrating the women in your business this International Women’s Day. 

In the name of equality, and before anyone asks, International Men’s Day is on 19th November and has only been marked since the 1990s. It is celebrated in over 60 countries, including the UK. (Find out more by reading the BBC News article). 

Samira Cakali

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

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