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[Summary]Women Lawyer "Firsts" | National Conference of Women's Bar Associations Because there are many glass ceilings as yet unbroken, noting "firsts" of women in the law is a matter for current events, not just history long past. It should th

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Women Lawyer "Firsts" | National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations

Because there are many glass ceilings as yet unbroken, noting “firsts” of women in the law is a matter for current events, not just history long past. It should therefore be the task of women’s bar associations, journalists and others interested in the progress of women to ensure that new “firsts” are identified and noted, but only after appropriate research. It is sometimes the case that someone assumes that because something hasn’t happened in recent memory, it has never happened. Once someone is misidentified as a “first,” the mistake is often picked up in subsequent articles and references. Eventually, history is re-written. Adding to the difficulty of identifying “firsts” is the fact that memories vary, bar associations didn’t track members by gender until relatively recently, and definitions aren’t uniform. For example, what does it mean to be the “first female lawyer in the United States”? Is it Margaret Brent, who appeared in court in the Colony of Maryland, or Arabella Mansfield, who was admitted to the bar of Iowa in 1869? Click here for an article about the historical perspective on women lawyers and state bar admission. Careful categorization and precision in language will help to keep the historical record straight!

Women in History: Lawyers and Judges | In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8) we thought we’d try something a bit different for the blog. We asked the foreign law specialists, analysts, and interns at the Law Library of Congress to provide responses to a series of questions related to the history of women’s rights in various countries. Margaret also contributed information on the U.S. We particularly wanted to highlight some of the important milestones and people around the world in three areas: women’s suffrage, political participation, and involvement in the legal profession.

Timeline of women lawyers

This is a timeline of women lawyers.

1869 - Arabella Mansfield became the first female lawyer in the United States when she was admitted to the Iowa bar.[1]

1870 - Ada Kepley became the first woman to graduate from law school in the United States; she graduated from Chicago University Law School, predecessor to Union College of Law, later known as Northwestern University School of Law.[2]

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