Flos Greig (1880–1958) was a pioneer for Australian female lawyers.
To be the first, Flos had to overcome extreme adversity.
Despite graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1903 with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and coming second in her year, at the time females were not allowed to be legal practitioners. She successfully campaigned with John Mackey MP and a University of Melbourne professor to allow women to enter the legal profession.
In April 1903, the Parliament of Victoria passed the Women’s Disabilities Removal Act 1903 (Vic) which removed ‘some anomalies in the law relating to women’ and allowed women to practice law in Victoria. Special legislation was passed in the Victorian Parliament, and renamed the Legal Profession Practice Act 1903.