Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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FLERIDA RUTH P. ROMERO (193?–)

Teacher, scholar, community and political activist, and adviser to the Philippines’ first woman president, Corazon Aquino, Flerida Ruth Pineda Romero is the fifth woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the Philippines. In sharp contrast to the usual situation surrounding the appointment of justices to that Court, the appointment of Romero produced, for a time, a hot controversy. Viewed from the perspective of the desirability of representing women in a nation’s top judicial body, the furor over Romero’s appointment to the Philippine Supreme Court was ironic. In many ways, her career pattern had been remarkably similar to that of Irene Cortes,* the third woman appointed to the Court, whose appointment in February, 1987, had not been controversial. In addition, if Cortes and Romero were objectionable because they, like many male appointees, lacked judicial experience, the same could not be said of the other three women to serve on the Court; Cecilia Muñoz Palma,* Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, and Carolina Grino-Aquino—all of whom had extensive judicial careers terminating with service in the Court of Appeals.


CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Prior to her appointment as special assistant to President Aquino, Flerida Ruth Romero had been a career academic. She received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the prestigious University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law in 1952, and followed that with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Law from the UP a year later. She then embarked for the United States and Indiana University, where she completed a Master of Laws degree in 1955. Upon her return to the Philippines, she began a long career in labor relations and labor law when she became assistant to the director of the Asian Labor Education Center (ALEC).

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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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