Skip to main content

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Bar Codes

Women in the Legal Profession

Bar Codes examines women lawyers' attempts to reconcile their professional obligations with other aspects of their lives. It charts the life courses of women who constitute a first wave – an avant-garde – in a profession designed by men, for men, where formal codes of conduct and subtle cultural norms promote masculine values. A thorough analysis of women’s encounters with this culture provides some answers and raises more questions about the kinds of stresses that have become extreme in the lives of many Canadian women.

256 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents


1 Introduction: Recognizing the Codes

2 “The Portia of Our Chambers”: Voice, Robes, and Reputation

3 Educating Women in the Law: Becoming Gentlemen?

4 Caught in the Time Crunch

5 Choreographing Daily Life: Clocks, Calendars, and Cycles

6 Careers and Curricula Vitae

7 Cracking the Codes

Appendix: Where Are They Now?




Be the first to know

Get the latest updates on new releases, special offers, and media highlights when you subscribe to our email lists!

Sign up here for updates about the Press