May 06, 2020 Feature

Judge Phyllis Kravitch

In 1979, Kravitch became the third woman to ever serve on a U.S. court of appeals.

Anne Emanuel

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Judge Phyllis Kravitch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1943. She stood near the top of her class and was an editor of the law review. And yet, she not only did not receive any job offers—she did not even garner any job interviews.

Edwin Keedy, the law school’s dean, asked her permission to send her résumé to a firm that he thought was open to hiring a woman. The firm was—but Kravitch sounded Jewish, and that was another matter.

Illustration by Sean Kane

Illustration by Sean Kane

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