Bradwell, Myra Colby
1831 - 1894

Details
Alias: Myra Colby
Born: 2/12/1831 in Manchester, Vermont
Died: 2/14/1894
Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
Professional Facts

Practice Area:
Real Property
Profession:
Property Law
Regions and States of Practice:
WI, Midwest
NY, Northeast
VT, Northeast
TN, South
Positions During Her Career:
School Teacher
Created and managed the Chicago Legal News
Worked for the Union cause during the Civil War
Firsts:
Woman to ask admission to the Bar, but was denied because she was a married woman


Further Research Materials

References:
Barbara Babcock, Alma Mater: Clara Foltz and Hastings College of the Law, 21 Hastings Women's Law Journal 99 (2010)
Myra Bradwell, 18311894: Legal Reformer
Myra Bradwell, 18311894: Legal Reformer, Chicago Tribute Markers of Distinction, available at: http://www.chicagotribute.org/Markers/Bradwell.htm
A Real Revolution
Barbara Allen Babcock, A Real Revolution, 49 (4) The University of Kansas Law Review 719 (May 2001)
Celebrating Vermont's First 100 Women Lawyers: 1902 - 1978
Kate Hayes (Esq.), Celebrating Vermont's First 100 Women Lawyers: 1902 - 1978 (September 8, 2000).
The First Women Members of the Supreme Court Bar, 1879 - 1900
Mary L. Clark, The First Women Members of the Supreme Court Bar, 1879-1900, 36 San Diego Law Review 87 (1999)
Catherine Aman, Centuries of Change, Women in the Law, The American Lawyer, March 1999, pp.57-60
Book Review: Feminist Lawyers
Barbara Allen Babcock, Book Review: Feminist Lawyers, 50 Stanford Law Review 1689 (May 1998)
15 Years of Advocacy for Women
Lisa Small, 15 Years of Advocacy for Women: Women and the Law Time Line, 1619-1998. Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program on its 15th Anniversary, 1998.
A Timeline of Women's Legal History in the United States
Professor Cunnea and Lisa Small, A Timeline of Women's Legal History in the United States. March 8, 1998.
Making History: Lelia Robinson's Index to American Women Lawyers
Barbara Allen Babcock, Making History: Lelia Robinson's Index to American Women Lawyers. Stanford Law School (July 1998)
All the Allies of Each: Lelia Robinson's Portrait of Early Women Lawyers in America
Julia Steele, All the Allies of Each: Lelia Robinson's Portrait of Early Women Lawyers in America, 1998
Dawn Bradley Berry, The 50 Most Influential Women in American Law. Los Angeles: Contemporary Books (1996).
Rebecca Mae Salokar and Mary L. Volcansek (Eds.), Women in Law: A Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1996).
Curriculum Vitae (Feminae): Biography and Early American Women Lawyers
Carol Sanger, Curriculum Vitae (Feminae): Biography and Early American Women Lawyers, 46 Stanford Law Review 1245 (1994)
Women Trailblazers: The Changing Role of Women In American Legal History
Professor JoEllen Lind, Women Trailblazers: The Changing Role of Women In American Legal History, 7 The Amicus 12 (1994)
Jane M. Friedman, America's first woman lawyer: The biography of Myra Bradwell. Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books (1993)
Legal Pioneers: Four of Illinois First Women Lawyers
Meg Gorecki, Legal Pioneers: Four of Illinois First Women Lawyers, Illinois Bar Journal 510 (October 1990)
Nancy T. Gilliam, A professional pioneer: Myra Bradwell's fight to practice law (Symposium on the History of the Legal Profession and the Judiciary), 5 Law and History Review 105 (1987)
Karen B. Morello, The Invisible Bar: The Woman Lawyer in America 1638 to the Present. New York: Random House (1986)
Edward T. James (Ed.), Janet Wilson James (Assoc. Ed.), and Paul S. Boyer (Ass. Ed.), Notable American Women, 1607-1950; A Biographical Dictionary. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1971).
Angels and Amazons: A Hundred Years Of American Women
Inez Haynes Irwin Gillmore, Angels And Amazons: A Hundred Years Of American Women. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran & Company (1933).
Justice is Truth in Action: Success Is Being Won By Many Women In The Administration Of Law and Justice
Ida White Parker, Justice is Truth in Action: Success Is Being Won By Many Women In The Administration Of Law and Justice, The Business Woman 8 (1923)
Occupations for Women
Frances Willard, Helen Maria Winslow, Sallie Elizabeth Joy White, Occupations for Women, "Women at the Bar." Success Co.: 1897. Available at: http://books.google.com/books?id=XkwbAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA402&ots=Ye723_xDi6&dq=Frances%20Willard%2C%20Occupations%20for%20Women%20%281897%29&pg=PA371#v=onepage&q&f=false
Mrs. Myra Bradwell
Mrs. Myra Bradwell, The Law Student's Helper 103 (May 1893)
Women at the Bar, Vol. 1 No. 8
Women at the Bar, 1 (8) The Law Student's Helper 202 (August 1893)
Women at the Bar, Vol. 1 No. 9
Women at the Bar, 1 (9) The Law Student's Helper 239 (September 1893)
Women at the Bar, Vol. 1 No. 10
Women at the Bar, 1 (10) The Law Student's Helper 303 (October 1893)
Can Women Practice Law?
Can Women Practice Law? 1 (5) The Law Student's Helper 102 (May 1893)
Women at the Bar, Vol. 1 No. 12
Women at the Bar, 1 (12) The Law Student's Helper 339 (December, 1893)
A Woman of the Century: Fourteen Hundred-Seventy Biographical Sketches Accompanied by Portraits of Leading American Women in All Walks of Life
Frances E. Willard and Mary A. Livermore (Editors), A Woman of the Century: Fourteen Hundred-Seventy Biographical Sketches Accompanied by Portraits of Leading American Women in All Walks of Life, pp. 210-211. New York: Charles Wells Moulton (1893), available at: http://books.google.com/books?id=zXEEAAAAYAAJ
Women Lawyers in the United States
Lelia J. Robinson, Women Lawyers in the United States, 2 The Green Bag 10 (1890)
Admission of Women to the Bar
Catharine V. Waite, Admission of Women to the Bar, 1 Chicago Law Times (1887)
Women in the Law: Their Past, Present, and Future
Edith Prouty, Women in the Law: Their Past, Present, and Future, The Woman's Journal (April 22, 1876)
Women Lawyers (1876)
Women Lawyers, The Woman's Journal (April 22, 1876)
Bradwell v. State of Illinois, 83 U.S. 130 (1872)
Bradwell v. State of Illinois, 83 U.S. 130 (1872) , available at: http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=83&invol=130
The Woman Lawyer: Who Wouldn't be Her Client?, The Atlanta Constitution, October 31, 1869

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Student Papers:
Myra Colby Bradwell: "A Living Example"
Woods, E. Rae, 2006
Potential Paper Topics:
An analysis of Bradwell's involvement with the Married Women's Property Act.
An analysis of Bradwell's involvement with the First Personal Liberty Law, which requires a jury trial before commitment proceedings can commence.
Research into Bradwell's work with the Sanity Fair.
An analysis of Bradwell's "Law Relating to Women" column.
Research into Bradwell's involvement with the first Women Suffrage Conference in Chicago.
Bradwell's involvement with the Equal Rights Employment Bill.
An analysis of Bradwell's involvement with a bill allowing women to hold any office in the IL public school system.
Bradwell's involvement with the formation of the Chicago Bar Association.
An analysis of Bradwell's work to have the WI legislature allow women to obtain a law license.