Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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ELISABETH SELBERT (1896–1986)
Elisabeth Selbert’s achievements were many, and her 90 years spanned four eras of German political life. She was born under the German empire, raised during the Weimar Republic, worked through the Nazi regime, and helped to write the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany (GFR). She was a wife, mother, lawyer, activist in the Social Democrat Party (SPD) and champion of women’s rights. She is largely responsible for the equal rights provision, paragraph 2, in Article 3 of the GFR constitution:
1. All persons shall be equal before the law.
2. Men and women shall have equal rights.
3. No one may be prejudiced or favored because of his sex, his parentage, his race, his language, his homeland and origin, his faith, or his religious or political opinions.1

Selbert was one of only three women who participated directly in writing the 1948 constitution and is regarded as a “mother” of the German Republic. Her contributions continued, however, through the 1960s.


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Elisabeth Rohde was born in 1896, in Kassel, the second of four daughters.2 Her father was in the legal profession, and her mother was an independentminded and active woman. Both parents believed strongly in educating their daughters for professions. Her father fell into heavy debt and was unable to support those ambitions for his daughters, but Elisabeth worked to enter middle school. She was a gifted student and successfully passed her examinations before

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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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