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Rebels at the bar : the fascinating, forgotten stories of America's first women lawyers / Jill Norgren.

By: Norgren, Jill.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780814758632; 0814758630; 9780814758984; 0814758983.Subject(s): Women lawyers -- United States -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Rebels at the bar.DDC classification: 340.092/520973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Norgren (political science, emerita, John Jay Coll., CUNY; Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President) here tells the stories of America's first female attorneys and the obstacles they faced in educating themselves, being admitted to practice law, and launchning their careers. She begins by exploring the legal situation of women in the United States at the end of the Civil War, when activists hoped that women would gain the right to vote. The author then discusses the laws that kept women from owning property and the prevailing attitudes that kept them out of the legal profession, among other careers. Women's suffrage, civil rights, and social justice are common themes in the lives of each of the figures Norgren profiles. She does an admirable job of depicting the prevailing culture of the times and the ways these lawyers were able to transcend it. VERDICT Shedding light on a little-known chapter of American history and the women who blazed the trail for today's attorneys, this will be most enjoyed by students of history, women's studies, and law, along with interested general readers. Recommended for public, school, and small college libraries.-Becky Kennedy, Atlanta-Fulton P.L. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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