Monday, August 17, 2015

Early U.S. female lawyers.

Edna Rankin, from the 1919
University of Montana Sentinel
University of Montana law professor Bari Burke has initiated the blog "Montana's Early Women Lawyers" that seeks to highlight the contributions of pioneering lawyers such as Edna Rankin McKinnon, sister of Rep. Jeanette Rankin and a birth control activist who worked with Margaret Sanger. Burke also is posting historical newspaper tidbits from around the country pertaining to female attorneys, such as this knee-slapper from 1911:

"What’s the trouble?" inquired the judge.
"This lady lawyer wants to make a motion," explained the clerk, "but her gown is too tight.”
(thanks to the Law & Humanities blog)

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