Timeline of women lawyers

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This is a short timeline of women lawyers. Much more information on the subject can be found at: List of first women lawyers and judges by nationality.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Florence E. Allen</span> American judge

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Myra Bradwell</span> American publisher and political activist

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charlotte E. Ray</span> American lawyer

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Susan Kiefel</span> Australian judge; Chief Justice of Australia

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This is a short timeline of women lawyers in the United States. Much more information on the subject can be found at: List of first women lawyers and judges in the United States

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Women in law</span> Involvement of women in the study and practice of law

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Women in law in the United Kingdom</span>

Prior to the 20th Century, there were few women in law in the United Kingdom. Prior to the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, women were not permitted to practice law in the United Kingdom. By 1931 there were around 100 female solicitors. The first female-only law partnership was founded in 1933. By 2019 51% of British solicitors were women.


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