Nominated by Coral Hill.
“I first met Elizabeth Cruickshank when she was editor of Link, the magazine for the national AWS. During my time as AWS London Chairwoman I got to know her well, when she helped to create our very first online newsletter. As our editor, Elizabeth established the format of the newsletter, which we have followed ever since.
Elizabeth became a role model for me because of the variety of activities she has undertaken; allowing life to weave in and out of her interests. She is a qualified teacher and solicitor but after successful careers in both those fields, decided to return to her childhood ambition of being writer. She is never too busy to giver thought to new ideas and to provide gentle advice. She has inspired me with her perseverance and equanimity, perfect attributes for a non-fiction writer; she has the unusual distinction being probably the only person who has read every single issue of the Law Society Gazette between 1903 and 2003, in order to write a series of articles commemorating the centenary of the Gazette. As well as having produced numerous articles on the history and position of women in the legal profession; she is the author of “Women in the Law” and co-author of “All You Need to Know about Being a Trainee Solicitor” and “Sisters in law”, the latter being about Nigerian women solicitors. She is presently researching the life and achievements of Carrie Morrison, the first woman to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.