Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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CECILIA MUÑOZ PALMA (1913–)

“Pro God, pro people, pro poor.” That is how Cecilia Muñoz Palma, president of the Constitutional Commission of the Republic of the Philippines, characterized the 1987 constitution, which mapped the country’s transition back to hopeful democracy after the long, authoritarian, and economically disastrous rule of President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda Marcos. That also encapsulates the exceptional life and legal career of Justice Palma, a mixture of passionate commitment to social justice and the rule of law, in service to God and her island country of 60 million. In 1986, over 2,000 distinguished and politically diverse citizens were nominated for the 48 places on the Constitutional Commission. The Commission’s unanimous election of Cecilia Muñoz Palma to its presidency accurately reflects the special regard in which she is held by most Filipinos.


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

With the Filipino custom of nicknaming, Cecilia is known as “Celing.” Celing was born on November 22, 1913, in Bauan, Batangas Province. Her academic distinction began early. She was class valedictorian at St. Scholastica College (secondary school), Manila, in 1931, and went on to receive her Bachelor of Laws degree from the College of Law, University of the Philippines in 1937. That year she placed first (“bar topnotcher”) in the national bar examinations. Palma also began, in 1937, an enduring marriage to Rodolfo C. Palma. On their wedding day he encouraged her to pursue her legal career, and even to dare to dream of a Supreme Court appointment; but he added, “please, no politics.” During the Second World War, Rodolfo survived the Bataan Death March and was cited for bravery. Since then, he has had a distinguished career

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  • 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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