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Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America's First Women Lawyers

Jill Norgren


This book recounts the life stories of a small group of nineteenth-century women who were among the first female attorneys in the United States. Beginning in the late 1860s, these determined rebels pursued the radical ambition of entering the then all-male profession of law. They were motivated by a love of learning. They believed in fair play and equal opportunity. They desired recognition as professionals and the ability to earn a good living. The book presents the common struggles of eight women first to train and to qualify as attorneys, then to practice their hard-won professional privile ... More

Keywords: female attorneys, nineteenth-century women, professional opportunities, law, legal profession, female lawyers, women's rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814758625
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814758625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jill Norgren, author