The Rt. Hon. Baroness Patricia Scotland PC QC

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A woman dressed in black formal clothing and pearls sitting on a windowsill and looking out of a window.
Photograph © Anita Corbin


First Woman Attorney General for England & Wales and First Woman Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

July 2011, West Front Corridor, House of Lords, London

b.1955, Dominica

In 2007, Baroness Scotland of Asthal became the first woman to serve as Attorney General for England and Wales, a position held only by men since the first formal appointment recorded in 1315. In this role, she was chief legal adviser to the crown and government. In 2016, The Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC became the first female Secretary General of the Commonwealth, and the sixth holder of that office since its creation in 1965.

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