Law: Now for A Woman's Point of View

Feminist scholars challenge male bias in the U.S. legal system

What brass! When she had the nerve to try to become a practicing attorney, Myra Bradwell was rebuked by no less a body than the U.S. Supreme Court. "The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life," wrote Justice Joseph Bradley in an 1873 opinion. A century later, the unseemly became ordinary as women, riding a new wave of feminism, swept through the nation's law schools. In the U.S. today, more than 40% of law students and 20% of lawyers are women. As their numbers have...

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