Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz
Woman Lawyer tells the story of Clara Foltz, the first woman admitted to the California Bar. Famous in her time as a public intellectual, leader of the women's movement, and legal reformer, Foltz faced terrific prejudice and well-organized opposition to women lawyers as she tried cases in front of all-male juries, raised five children as a single mother, and stumped for political candidates. She was the first to propose the creation of a public defender to balance the public prosecutor. Woman Lawyer uncovers the legal reforms and societal contributions of a woman celebrated in her day, but lost to history until now. It casts new light on the turbulent history and politics of California in a period of phenomenal growth and highlights the interconnection of the suffragists and other movements for civil rights and legal reforms.
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Becoming a Lawyer 18781880
Making a Living 18801890
Moving on a Larger Stage 18901895
Changing Locations 18951911 New York Denver San Francisco Los Angeles
Clara Foltz as Public Thinker
Working for Political Equality
Inventing the Public Defender
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