America's First Woman Lawyer: The Biography of Myra Bradwell

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Prometheus Books, 1993 - Women lawyers - 217 pages
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"Undaunted, Bradwell refused to heed the U.S. Supreme Court justices who declared that "the Law of the Creator" and the "divine ordinances" mandated that the "domestic sphere" was the proper domain of women. She immediately established the Chicago Legal News, which became the most highly respected and widely circulated legal newspaper in the nation. While at its helm, Bradwell advocated, drafted, and secured the enactment of extraordinary legal reforms in women's rights, child custody, improvement of the legal system, and treatment of the mentally ill. Many of the proposals she spearheaded were enacted by the Illinois legislature and served as prototypes for similar legislation in jurisdictions throughout the land." "Bradwell's writings, and accounts of her activities published during her lifetime, make it clear that she was a leading nineteenth-century suffragist. Yet her extraordinary contributions are seldom mentioned in the standard histories of the movement. Friedman explores the internal struggles of the early women's rights movement through letters written by radical activist Susan B. Anthony to the moderate Bradwell, which underscore the tension that existed between these two feminists for over twenty years.".

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