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Bradwell v. Illinois

Significance, The Marriage Disability, The Female Disability, All Or Nothing, God's Say So


Myra Bradwell


State of Illinois

Appellant's Claim

That Illinois' refusal to admit women to the bar was a violation of Bradwell's constitutional rights.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Matthew H. Carpenter

Chief Lawyer for Appellee


Justices for the Court

Joseph P. Bradley, Salmon Portland Chase, Nathan Clifford, David Davis, Stephen Johnson Field, Samuel Freeman Miller (writing for the Court), William Strong, Noah Haynes Swayne

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

15 April 1873


That Bradwell's constitutional rights had not been violated.

Related Cases

  • Colgate v. Harvey, 296 U.S. 404 (1935).
  • Reed v. Reed, 404 U.S. 71 (1971).

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