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Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers by Jill Norgren

Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers by Jill Norgren

Author:Jill Norgren [Norgren, Jill]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: LAW000000 Law / General
Publisher: New York University Press


Law Schools Bring in Women Faculty and Deans

In 1986 Barbara Aronstein Black became the dean of the Columbia Law School, from which she had graduated in 1955. She took up the position as the first woman dean of an Ivy League law school with strong recollections of her years as a law student:

My memories are much like the memories of other women who were here in the thirties, forties, and fifties. And that is to say very good, favorable memories. We had a wonderful experience at this law school. The intellectual challenge, the friends we made. I do not think of my law school experience as a time when discrimination was rampant and we were the victims of discrimination, although discrimination was rampant and we were the victims of discrimination. The point is, it didn’t feel that way at the time. And the reason for that, as I have said in numerous places, is that we tended to accept the world as it was. Even though we were active on behalf of racial justice and were very sensitive to racial injustice, we never took the next step. We were not the people who launched the feminist movement, by any means.



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