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The Resource America's first woman lawyer : the biography of Myra Bradwell, Jane M. Friedman

America's first woman lawyer : the biography of Myra Bradwell, Jane M. Friedman

Label
America's first woman lawyer : the biography of Myra Bradwell
Title
America's first woman lawyer
Title remainder
the biography of Myra Bradwell
Statement of responsibility
Jane M. Friedman
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
During her lifetime, Myra Bradwell (1831-94) - America's "first" woman lawyer as well as publisher and editor-in-chief of a prestigious legal newspaper - did more to establish and aid the rights of women and other legally handicapped people than any other woman of her day. Her female contemporaries - Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone - are known to all; now it is time for Myra Bradwell to assume her rightful place among women's rights leaders of the nineteenth century. With author Jane Friedman's discovery of previously unpublished letters and other valuable documents, Bradwell's fascinating and compelling story can at last be told. America's First Woman Lawyer chronicles the tortuous steps Bradwell took to establish her right to practice law. In 1869, at the age of thirty-eight, she passed the Illinois bar examination with high honors, but because she was a woman, Bradwell was deemed "unfit," and barred from practicing her chosen profession - twice by the Illinois Supreme Court, and finally by the nation's highest court. 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. America's First Woman Lawyer investigates one of the lesser known chapters in America's history by exposing the circumstances of the tragic commitment of Abraham Lincoln's widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, to an insane asylum. An abiding friendship with the president and the former First Lady and a deep sense of outrage over this grievous injustice brought Myra Bradwell and her husband to Mrs. Lincoln's aid when others abandoned her. Friedman details the ingenious strategy that Bradwell employed to secure the widowed First Lady's release from Bellevue Place Asylum, and the bitter confrontation with Robert Todd Lincoln, who committed his mother and resisted every effort to have her released. Friedman's analysis of Bradwell's life and work sets the historical record straight and demonstrates the need to add Myra Bradwell's name to the list of distinguished American social activists. "One half of the citizens of the United States are asking - Is the liberty of the pursuit of a profession ours, or are we slaves?"--Myra Bradwell (1872)
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Friedman, Jane M
Dewey number
  • 349.73/092
  • 347.30092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KF368.B712
LC item number
F75 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bradwell, Myra
  • Bradwell, Myra
  • Bradwell, Myra
  • Women lawyers
  • Women's rights
  • Women lawyers
  • Women's rights
  • Illinois
  • United States
  • Rechtsanwältin
  • Zulassung
  • USA
Label
America's first woman lawyer : the biography of Myra Bradwell, Jane M. Friedman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: "Myra who?" -- On defying the Creator and becoming a lawyer -- "The cult of true womanhood": Bradwell's formative years -- "She is no more insane than I am": Bradwell secures the release of Mary Todd Lincoln from Bellevue Place Asylum -- "These letters could not be published": Bradwell's granddaughter disposes of the Bradwell-Lincoln correspondence -- The Chicago Legal News: the vehicle for reform -- "Disreputable shysters who now disgrace the profession": reform of the legal profession and judicial process -- "Petticoats instead of breeches": unlocking the gates of the legal profession to other nineteenth-century women -- "Uncaging Eve": Bradwell's contribution to the woman suffrage movement -- "Unfastening well the house door": the reform of other laws relating to women -- Epilogue
Control code
ocm27432217
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
217 pages
Isbn
9780879758127
Lccn
93009206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o27432217
  • (OCoLC)27432217
Label
America's first woman lawyer : the biography of Myra Bradwell, Jane M. Friedman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: "Myra who?" -- On defying the Creator and becoming a lawyer -- "The cult of true womanhood": Bradwell's formative years -- "She is no more insane than I am": Bradwell secures the release of Mary Todd Lincoln from Bellevue Place Asylum -- "These letters could not be published": Bradwell's granddaughter disposes of the Bradwell-Lincoln correspondence -- The Chicago Legal News: the vehicle for reform -- "Disreputable shysters who now disgrace the profession": reform of the legal profession and judicial process -- "Petticoats instead of breeches": unlocking the gates of the legal profession to other nineteenth-century women -- "Uncaging Eve": Bradwell's contribution to the woman suffrage movement -- "Unfastening well the house door": the reform of other laws relating to women -- Epilogue
Control code
ocm27432217
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
217 pages
Isbn
9780879758127
Lccn
93009206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o27432217
  • (OCoLC)27432217

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