Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON
(1938–)

Eleanor Holmes Norton has dedicated a lifetime to the struggle to ensure that a fair and just interpretation of the United States Constitution is applied to all Americans, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, economic status, and other categories which serve to create separation and division. From her early involvement in the civil rights movement to her current office as the congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, Norton has worked to end discrimination. She is nationally recognized for her expertise on a wide range of issues, including labor, employment, antidiscrimination, and education policy, and has published many articles and provided commentary through various media. Most interesting, however, Ms. Norton has worn various hats throughout her career. She has been law clerk, university professor and lecturer, assistant legal director, senior fellow, scholar, author, and most recently, legislator. Through her multiple activities, she has raised the consciousness of a nation on the issues of legal, political, racial, gender, and social equity.


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Eleanor Holmes was born on April 8, 1938. She was one of the fourth generation of her family to call the nation’s capital “home.” She was the eldest of three girls, and her parents were college educated. Her father, a civil servant, returned to school to earn a law degree when Eleanor was a child. Eleanor’s mother was a school teacher, and her grandfather served as a District of Columbia fire fighter. Holmes Norton has said that she inherited her resolve from her parents: “My father gave me this sense of boundlessness, and my mother gave me an existential sense of struggle.”1 As a descendant of a family with a legacy

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884–1966) 17
  • Mary Arden (1947–) 25
  • Anita Augsburg (1857–1943) 31
  • Suzanne Bastid-Basdevant (1906–) 34
  • Miriam Ben-Porat (1918–) 38
  • Myra Bradwell (1831–1882) 45
  • Beverly Blair Cook (1927–) 51
  • Irene R. Cortes (1920–) 62
  • Takako Doi (1928–) 68
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–) 78
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale (1945–) 88
  • Rosalyn Higgins (1937–) 94
  • Leonilde Iotti (1920–) 101
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (1936–1996) 112
  • Sylvie Kanigi (1953–) 118
  • Carrie Burnham Kilgore (1838–1909) 123
  • Helen Kinnear (1894–1970) 129
  • Claire L’Heureux-DubÉ (1927–) 136
  • Jutta Limbach (1934–) 144
  • Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894–1988) 150
  • Beverley McIachlin (1943–) 159
  • Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) 171
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921–) 180
  • Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868–1933) 190
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938–) 202
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (1930–) 210
  • Sadako Ogata (1927–) 219
  • Cecilia MuÑoz Palma (1913–) 231
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck (1926–) 237
  • Janet Reno (1938–) 248
  • Mary Robinson (1944–) 257
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (193?–) 266
  • Simone RozÈs-Ludwig (1920–) 271
  • Wiltraut Rupp-Von BrÜnneck (1912–1977) 277
  • Helga Seibert (1939–) 283
  • Elisabeth Selbert (1896–1986) 288
  • Margaret a. Somerville (1942–) 292
  • Helene StÖcker (1869–1943) 299
  • Helen Suzman (1917–) 304
  • Leah Tsemel (1945–) 312
  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953–1994) 323
  • Simone Veil-Jacob (1927–) 329
  • Bertha Wilson (1923–) 338
  • Appendix 349
  • Selected Bibliography 353
  • Index 357
  • About the Editors and Contributors 371
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