Women in The Gritty World of Law



“Application from three infatuated young women for admission to [Columbia] Law School. No woman shall degrade herself by practicing law, in New York especially, if I can save her. Our committee will probably have to pass on the application, pro forma, but…..’Women’s-Rights Women’ are uncommonly loud and offensive of late. I loathe the lot.”

George Templeton Strong, 1869

One of the major legal battles in the history of women’s rights was the fight for the right to conduct legal battles. Like George Templeton Strong, many felt the legal profession was degrading. As Supreme Court Justice Joseph Bradley phrased it in 1873:

“The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life.” via Grandmother’s Choice




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