Myra Bradwell

Title

Myra Bradwell

Subject

Law

Description

Pioneered the legal profession for women in the United States

Creator

Amy French

Source

Image: Mosher photo studio, c. 1870; Chicago Historical Society

Birth Date

1831

Birthplace

Manchester, Vermont, USA

Death Date

1894

Occupation

Attorney

Biographical Text

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.

Bibliography

Friedman, Jane. America's First Woman Lawyer: the Biography of Myra Bradwell. (Prometheus Books, 1993).

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Date Added
June 12, 2014
Collection
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences
Item Type
Person
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Citation
Amy French, “Myra Bradwell,” Women Who Dared, accessed November 16, 2019, https://womenwhodared.omeka.net/items/show/42.