Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 47: Women Lawyers as Leaders
Women lawyers as leaders This chapter begins with an overview of the history of women in legal education and the legal profession, including references to some of the pathbreaking women lawyer leaders. It then highlights women's experiences in certain segments of the legal profession, including as Supreme Court advocates, judges, and members of women's legal advocacy groups. Following snapshots of women's contemporary experiences in law firms, government service, the judiciary, and legal academia, the chapter offers a few thoughts on why it matters that women have served, and continue to serve, as leaders in the legal profession. Women first entered the law as a profession in the United States in the immediate post–Civil War period, with their numbers growing modestly but steadily through the end of the 19th century. Some of the early “firsts” for women in legal education and the legal profession include the following: Arabella Mansfield, who, in ...