Named one of the most powerful women in the world by Forbes magazine, Cherie Blair is a noted British attorney, human rights advocate, and the wife of Prime Minister Tony Blair. She offers illuminating commentary on the issues of balancing family and career, human rights for women and children, charity and public service, and law.
Human Rights For Women And Children
Balancing Family And Career
Esteemed and Accomplished Lawyer
After studying Law at the London School of Economics (LSE), Cherie Blair was at the top of her class in her Bar examinations and was called to the Bar in 1976. She married Tony Blair in 1980 and in 1995 she became a Queen’s Counsel, which is a title held by only 10 percent of English lawyers. Currently, she specializes in Public, Employment and European Community Law at Matrix Chambers law group in London. Ms. Blair is Chancellor and Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University (JMU), Governor and Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and the Open University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a Doctor of Laws (Westminster University) and a Fellow of the International Society of Lawyers for Public Service. She is a Bencher of Lincolns Inn London as well as honorary Bencher of Kings Inn Dublin.
Balancing Work and Family
A trailblazer in her professional life, Ms. Blair is a dedicated wife and mother in her private life. She likes to spend as much time as possible with her husband and their four children- Euan, Nicholas, Kathryn, and Leo. Her book, The Goldfish Bowl, is a powerful blend of personal testimony and social history about life as the spouse of Britain’s Prime Ministers, from the 1950s to 1997.
Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Africa, South Asia & the Middle East
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women was created in 2008 in response to Cherie’s experiences meeting women around the world and the realization that, with the right support, women can overcome the challenges they face and play an important part in the economies and societies in which they work and live. The core of their work is strengthening the capacity of women entrepreneurs in countries where they lack equal opportunities, with a focus on women in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. They rely on local knowledge and resources wherever possible, working in partnership with local organizations based in the countries they work in.