Myra Bradwell, a native of Manchester, Vermont, who was born on February 12, 1831, was one the most well-known female lawyers of the nineteenth century. As a pioneer in the field, she created and argued for important legal rights, including "the law giving married women their own earnings" (115).
In addition to being a lawyer, Myra also edited the Chicago Legal News in the city where she spent most of her life.
A philanthropist, Bradwell supported the South Evanston Industrial School and worked for the Sanitary Commission.
She was a member of a number of organizations, including Illinois Bar Association, the American Woman Suffrage Association, the Illinois Press Association, and Soldiers' Home Board.
Myra passed away on Valentine’s Day in 1894. She was buried in Chicago’s Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum.
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- Watertown republican. (Watertown, Wis.), 11 Aug. 1869. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85033295/1869-08-11/ed-1/seq-1/>
- The new Northwest. (Portland, Or.), 20 Dec. 1872. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84022673/1872-12-20/ed-1/seq-2/>
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