Pioneered the legal profession for women in the United States
Image: Mosher photo studio, c. 1870; Chicago Historical Society
Manchester, Vermont, USA
Bradwell pioneered the legal profession for women. She had been well known in the legal community as the editor of the wildly successful, Chicago Legal News. When she applied to the Illinois bar, she was denied twice. She took her case to the US Supreme Court, where she was also denied 14th amendment rights. After a long legal fight, she finally was able to practice law for two years, before she died of cancer in 1894. She was the first female attorney in Illinois.
Friedman, Jane. America's First Woman Lawyer: the Biography of Myra Bradwell. (Prometheus Books, 1993).