18 February 2014

Notable quotable: Bradwell v. Illinois

"The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life...The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother. This is the law of the Creator. "

Justice Joseph P. Bradley's concurring opinion in Bradwell v. Illinois, 83 U.S. 130 (1873), in which the Supreme Court ruled that Myra Bradwell's right to practice law was not among the privileges protected by the Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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