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-- from the Introduction
To illustrate the challenges facing women of her generation, author Judith Richards Hope ...
-- from the Introduction
To illustrate the challenges facing women of her generation, author Judith Richards Hope describes the lives and careers of a handful of barrier-breaking women, including herself, from Harvard Law School's pivotal class of 1964, who fought and overcame preconceptions and prejudices against their entering what, at the time, was a male vocation. Despite their struggles in law school and in the workplace, they maintained their ambition and ultimately achieved remarkable success. They look back on law school as a time of enormous personal and intellectual growth.
In 1961, before modern civil rights legislation and women's liberation, women were generally regarded as undesirable candidates for law studies. Most law firms believed that women couldn't keep up the pace, that they couldn't avoid emotional outbursts, and that their place was in the home. Nonetheless, 48 women applied to Harvard Law that year, 22 were accepted, and 15 graduated in a class of 513. The rigorous training at Harvard Law taught these women to survive and to thrive in one of the toughest, most competitive professions in the country. It took grit, confidence, resourcefulness, thick skins, and a certain irreverence for them to succeed. These qualities propelled Judith Richards Hope and her classmates into some of the most prominent careers of their generation, yet they did not sacrifice their more traditional female roles. Their achievements have helped pave the way for women of subsequent generations.
Pinstripes & Pearls illuminates the extraordinary trajectories of these women -- among them Pat Schroeder, Judith W. Rogers, and Hope herself -- who forged an old-girl network and became lifelong friends. Through compelling and often witty anecdotes, unprecedented archival research of Harvard records, and revealing testaments to the difficulties faced by women harboring serious career goals, Pinstripes & Pearls personifies in these women the emergence of a new type of American female, one whose "goal is to reach the destination, not just to avoid humiliation on the way."
Andrea Mitchell Chief foreign correspondent, NBC News, and trustee, University of Pennsylvania Pinstripes & Pearls is both a poignant history of the struggles of the women in the Harvard Law School class of 1964 and an eye-opening read for new generations of women trying to navigate their professional and personal worlds. One of the enduring lessons is how reinforcing and supportive these women are to each other, against obstacles that today's graduates would find overwhelming. This account is an important history of a critical time in America as well as a unique testimony to one woman's intelligence and grit.
Judith Areen Dean, Georgetown University Law Center, and author of Cases and Materials on Family Law This book is a must-read for women considering law school and for those who have already graduated. These women faced daunting barriers and personal hardship, yet they persevered. Their stories reveal the good news that it is possible to find our way through the pain of discrimination with humor rather than self-pity, and joy rather than bitterness.
Charles Fried Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, and author of Right and Wrong and Contract as Promise A tough and tender look at how we were, how we are, and how we got from one to the other. Fascinating for those who have made the journey, this book has lessons for those who haven't had to.
|List of Participants||xv|
|Foreword: Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, Harvard Law School '64||xix|
|1.||The First Female Fellow||3|
|Part 2||Law School||27|
|Patricia Nell Scott (Schroeder), University of Minnesota||35|
|Aurelle Joyce Smoot (Locke), Washington State University||39|
|Judith "Judy" Coleman Richards (Hope), Wellesley||39|
|Diana "Dinni" Lorenz (Gordon), Mills College, Radcliffe Graduate School of Education||47|
|Ann Dudley Cronkhite (Goldblatt), Radcliffe||50|
|June Freeman (Berkowitz), Cornell||56|
|Arlene Lezberg (Bernstein), Radcliffe||57|
|Marjory "Marge" Freincle (Haskell), Brooklyn College||58|
|Rosemary Cox (Masters), Mount Holyoke||59|
|Judith "Judy" Ann Wilson (Rogers), Radcliffe||63|
|Alice Pasachoff (Wegman), Cornell||64|
|Barbara Margulies (Rossotti), Mount Holyoke||66|
|Grace Weiner (Wolf), Mount Holyoke, University of Michigan||66|
|Eleanor Rosenthal, University of Michigan||67|
|Elizabeth "Liz" Daldy (Dyson), Radcliffe||68|
|Nancy Kuhn (Kirkpatrick), Trinity College||69|
|Katherine Huff (O'Neil), Stanford University||72|
|Sheila Rush, Chatham College||75|
|Sonia Faust, University of Hawaii||77|
|Susan Wall (Stokinger), Radcliffe||78|
|8.||Necessities: Food and Toilets||79|
|11.||Dinner at the Dean's||104|
|12.||Men in Our Lives||110|
|14.||Dropouts, Departures, and Deferrals||125|
|15.||The Last Two Years of Law School||136|
|Part 3||The Real World: June 1964 Forward 149|
|18.||Trying to Do It All||186|
|Part 4||Bumps in the Road||205|
|Part 5||At the Table||225|
|Part 6||Exit from the Fast Lane? (September 2001)||237|
|Closing Legal Brief: Harvard and Law School Today for Women Kathleen M. Sullivan, Dean, Stanford Law School||263|
|Appendix||Excerpts from the Archives of Harvard University Regarding the Admission of Women to Harvard Law School||265|
Posted March 19, 2003
Pinstripes and Pearls made for a very late evening -- I couldn't bring myself to put it down to go to sleep. I found myself cheering for the author and all of her classmates as they struggled through life, law school, relationships, and their legal careers -- and laughing out loud at some of the humorous twists in their lives. Mostly, though, the book made me feel like I could conquer the world someday. I realized that whatever difficulties I and my peers are now facing as new women attorneys have been confronted -- and triumphantly surmounted -- by the very successful author and her impressive classmates. I marveled at the fact that prior to reading the book, I assumed that each of the story's protagonists had achieved their goals so effortlessly. It was refreshing to know that it was difficult for these prominent women too, but that they all got through it all in the end with grit, fierce determination, and love. The book was inspiring and immensely satisfying to me as a woman attorney. I intend to pass it along as a birthday gift to all of my attorney friends and law school classmates. I highly recommend reading it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.