Looking Back: Bucking the Bar

Fifteen brave women triumphed at Harvard Law in '64

When she applied to Harvard Law School in 1961, Judith Richards Hope was committing a daring act. The modern feminist movement had yet to begin, and female attorneys such as Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg had been unable to find firms to hire them. But Hope and 14 other pioneering women managed to graduate from Harvard in the class of 1964, as Hope describes in her new book, Pinstripes & Pearls (Scribner).

WHEN YOU APPLIED TO LAW SCHOOL, WERE THERE PEOPLE WHO SUGGESTED YOU WOULD NEVER GET MARRIED? Oh, yes. Being smart, if you were a woman, wasn't something...

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