Ulrike Schultz, retired senior academic of FernUniversität in Hagen, early pioneer of gender studies in law and EO work, leading national and international expert on gender and judging, women in law and legal academia, President of the Research Committee of the Sociology of Law, head of International Women/Gender in the Legal Profession Group. She has walked an arduous rocky road, had to survive many hostilities, still tireless in the promotion of women, teaching and writing on gender and law.
Law was a strong male bastion. Women had to fight their way into the legal profession step by step with many backlashes. And the battles are not yet won, just to mention the gender pay gap, glass ceilings, male culture and alliances. As one of the early female lawyers in academia, I know all the pitfalls of legal careers and feel obligated to pave the way for the younger generation. That is why I am involved in national and international women lawyers’ groups and The Women in Law Initiative.