Rebecca Traister Quotes: In The Late 1860s Myra Bradwell

In The Late 1860s, Myra Bradwell Petitioned For A Law License And Argued That The 14th Amendment Protected Her Right To Practice. The Illinois Supreme Court Rejected Her Petition, Ruling That Because She Was Married She Had No Legal Right To Operate On Her Own. When She Challenged The Ruling, Justice Joseph Bradley Wrote In His Decision, "It Certainly Cannot Be Affirmed, As A Historical Fact, That [the Right To Choose One's Profession] Has Ever Been Established As One Of The Fundamental Privileges And Immunities Of The Sex." Rather, Bradley Argued, "The Paramount Destiny And Mission Of Women Are To Fulfill The Noble And Benign Offices Of Wife And Mother."40 Meanwhile,
— Rebecca Traister —

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