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The seventeen women of the Hawai'i bar whose biographies comprise this book lived through, and were involved in, the dramatic changes that brought Hawai'i from monarchy to independent Republic to Territory and, finally, to statehood. From a diversity of ethnic backgrounds and allegiances, each of them is characterized by a daring, a sense of adventure, an original personality, and a creative response to the restrictions society placed on women's professional opportunities. Hawai'i's early women lawyers included ...
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Overview

The seventeen women of the Hawai'i bar whose biographies comprise this book lived through, and were involved in, the dramatic changes that brought Hawai'i from monarchy to independent Republic to Territory and, finally, to statehood. From a diversity of ethnic backgrounds and allegiances, each of them is characterized by a daring, a sense of adventure, an original personality, and a creative response to the restrictions society placed on women's professional opportunities. Hawai'i's early women lawyers included politicians, judges, and community activists who helped shape the legal system. These women lived through some of the most significant events in Hawai'i's history - many were involved in the turmoil of union organizing on the plantations, the imposition of martial law during World War II, and the development of the postwar government and state constitution. Their activities helped change the law, both locally and nationally. These biographies advance our understanding of the changing position of professional women. Managing their careers in the face of gender bias and limitations on their personal and professional lives, these women found creative ways to resist male-centered assumptions. Their stories add insight to some of the major themes in the emerging field of feminist historiography. The substantial introduction by the editor places the lives of these early women lawyers in the context of Hawai'i history, women's history, legal history, and professional history. Called from Within will interest a broad audience: lawyers and law students, historians and students of history, and readers of biography.
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The 17 women of the Hawaii bar whose biographies are presented lived through, and were involved in, the dramatic changes that brought Hawaii from monarchy to independent Republic to Territory and, finally, to statehood. The introduction by editor Matsuda places the lives of these early women lawyers in the context of Hawaii history, women's history, legal history, and professional history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824814489
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Series: Biography Monographs Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Almeda Eliza Hitchcock (Moore) 17
2 Marguerite Kamehaokalani Ashford 37
3 Carrick Hume Buck 52
4 Rose August 76
5 Jean Vaughan Gilbert 86
6 Rhoda Lewis 105
7 Ruth Winifred Loomis 133
8 Harriet Bouslog 148
9 Sau Ung Loo Chan 172
10 Betty Morrison Vitousek 191
11 Margaret Scott Tekeli 211
12 Alana Wai Lan Wong Lau 221
13 Marybeth Yuen Maul 239
14 Patsy Takemoto Mink 251
15 Mary Helen McCrea Stevens Weaver Pitts 281
16 Betty Barrett Gillette 292
17 Lily Miyamoto Okamoto 310
18 Other Women in the Law Before Statehood 323
Contributors 333
Index 337
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