Paul L. Caron

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Women Law Professors: The First Century (1896-1996)

Catherine J. Lanctot (Villanova), Women Law Professors: The First Century, 65 Vill L. Rev. ___ (2020):

This article addresses the history of women as law professors from 1896 to 1996. It discusses the discrimination faced by women in legal academia over time, and also illustrates the contributions women have made to legal education.

Ending this story in 1996 is but an arbitrary stopping point, leaving for another day the consideration of whether the next 25 years saw substantial improvement in the status of women in law schools. As the articles in this Symposium Issue demonstrate, there remains much to be done to ensure full gender equity in legal academia. It is my hope that this Symposium will spur others to prioritize this struggle in the near future. Inspired by the hard work and dedication of the women who paved the way for all of us, there is nothing we cannot achieve if we remember Susan B. Anthony’s famous battle cry from her final speech in 1906: “Failure is impossible.”

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