Bradwell v. Illinois: Women, the Profession of Law, and the Fourteenth Amendment


This session provides background and context for the 1873 U.S. Supreme Court case, Bradwell v. Illinois. The case showcases women's pathbreaking careers to practice the profession of law, and draws connections between the Fourteenth Amendment and subsequent sex discrimination case law. 

Session Resources

Bradwell v. Illinois power point presentation

Primary Source documents related to Bradwell v. Illinois


Chicago Legal News archive

Bradwell v. Illinois: Chief Justice Chase's Dissent and the "Sphere of Women's Work

"Horror of a Woman": Myra Bradwell, the Fourteenth Amendment, the the Gendered Origins of Sociological Jurisprudence