Emphasis on women lawyers' femininity
News reports in both Chicago Legal News and The Woman's Journal
typically emphasized women lawyers' femininity, almost as if to say that
even though these women have chosen such an offbeat, masculine profession,
they're still all female.
Examples (chronologically, CLN, then WJ):
* "Loew & Loew, Counselors at Law,' is the sign on an office door in one
of the down-town buildings of New York. The firm is composed of father and
daughter, and is doing a good business, no small share of which is attended
to by the pretty brunette junior partner. Though a clever lawyer, Rosalie
Loew has nothing of the mannish girl about her, being, in fact, rather extreme
in the opposite direction."
CLN, 8/31/1895, at 267, col. 3.
* CLN quoting itself from 29 CLN 78 regarding admission of first black woman
to the bar in Illinois:
"We are glad to welcome Miss [Ida] Platt as the
first colored woman ever admitted to the Illinois bar, and are pleased to
be able to say that she is a woman of very decided ability, being an excellent
shorthand reporter, proficient in German, French and music, and agreeable
in manner; . . ."
CLN, 9/11/1897, at 25, col. 3.
* At Central College in Nashville, a black college where Lutie Lytle studied
"There were any number of young men studying beside her, but she held
her own with them all.
Though she studied hard, she did not shut herself
out from the enjoyment of the society of her fellow students.
She was a
member of the college glee club, and at the numerous musical entertainments
given by the students she was invariably relied upon to accompany on the
CLN, 9/18/1897, at 32, col. 2, quoting 9/11/1897 Courier-Journal
* Mrs. Alice Parker Lesser, denied admission to the Massachusetts bar, "meekly
retired to await the decision of the court."
CLN, 12/10/1898, at 137, col. 1-2.
* Judge Kohlsaat of Illinois Probate Court on Mary M. Bartelme, a probate
"She is now the little mother to more than two hundred boys and
girls, many of them larger