Kenyon, Dorothy
1888 - 1972

Born: 2/17/1888 in New York City, New York
Died: 2/11/1972
Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
Professional Facts

Practice Area:
Civil Rights
Women's Rights
Regions and States of Practice:
NY, Northeast
Legal Education:
New York University School of Law, 1917
Other Education:
Horace Mann High School (1904)
B.A., Smith College (1908)
Honorary LL.D., Keuka College (1939)
Positions During Her Career:
Worked in the law firm of Pitkin, Rosenson & Henderson (1919-1930)
Formed Straus & Kenyon to campaign for women's advancement (1930-1939)
Deputy License Commissioner (1935-1937)
Served on the League of Nations Committee (1938-1943)
Justice of the Municipial Court (1939-1940)
Served on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (1946-1950)
Among first women to sign up for jury duty and be placed on a jury list (1937)

Further Research Materials

A Century of Achievement: The Centennial of the National Association of Women Lawyers
Selma Moidel Smith: A Century of Achievement: The Centennial of the National Association of Women Lawyers, 85 Women Lawyers Journal 2 (Summer 1999) *Originally printed as two articles: "...The First 50 Years," 9 Experience 1 (Fall 1998), and "...The Second 50 Years," 9 Experience 2 (Winter 1999)
Dorothy Kenyon Papers, 1850 - 1998
Dorothy Kenyon Papers, 1850 - 1998, 69 boxes (29 linear ft.), Collection number: MS 85, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA, available at:
Dawn Bradley Berry, The 50 Most Influential Women in American Law. Los Angeles: Contemporary Books (1996).
Barbara Sicherman and Carol Hurd Green (Editors), Notable American Women: The Modern Period: A Biographical Dictionary. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1980)
Laura Miller Derry, Digest of Women Lawyers and Judges. Lousville, Kentucky: Dunne Press (1949)


Student Papers:
Dorothy Kenyon
Trehan, Meera, 1998