Sisters In Law: Women Lawyers in Modern American History Reviews

Sisters In Law: Women Lawyers in Modern American History

This history of women lawyers–from the 1860s to the 1930s–defines the contours of women’s integration into the modern legal profession. Nineteenth-century women fought to gain entrance to law schools and bar associations, joined the campaign for women’s suffrage, and sought to balance marriage and career. By the twentieth century, most institutional barriers crumbled and younger women entered the law confident that equal opportunity had replaced sexual discrimination. Still, many women lawyers continued to encounter discrimination, faced limited opportunities for advancement, and struggled to balance gender and professional identity. Based on rich and diverse archival sources, this book is the landmark study of the history of women lawyers in America. “Drachman brings a new and illuminating context to . . . early cases where the courts resisted women’s claims to practice law . . . Revealing the lives of the women who brought the cases . . . [she] places the cases in the context of women’s demands for equality in all aspects of public life, particularly the suffrage campaigns.” –Clare McGlynn, Legal History “This is a lively book, rooted in wonderful individual cases, and worth your reading time.” –Law and Politics Book Review Virginia G. Drachman is Professor of History at Tufts University. She is the author of Women Lawyers and the Origins of Professional Identity in America and Hospital with a Heart.

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