Arabella Mansfield ( 1846 – 1911), became the first female lawyer in the United States in 1869, admitted to the Iowa bar.
She made her career as a college educator and administrator.
Despite an Iowa state law restricting the bar exam to males, Mansfield had taken it and earned high scores. Shortly after her court challenge, Iowa amended its licensing statute and became the first state to accept women and minorities into its bar.
Another unique historical figure by Uneek Dolls this one measures 4 1/2 inches tall or 11.4 cm.
The lawya lady of American history wears her light gray silk dress with black under bodice with lace trim and brooch. Her face is hand painted and she has real fibre hair.
Of course she carries a law book. What else would it be?
If she was in Australia or New Zealand at the time (not that women were permitted to practice law then) her legal dress would have looked quite different and something like what Ethel Benjamin wears in this image: ‘powdered’ wig, black robe and white jabot (bands)
Ethel Benjamin (1875–1943) was the first woman to become a lawyer in New Zealand. In 1893 she enrolled for an LLB degree at the University of Otago, the first university in Australasia to permit women to take a law degree. She graduated in 1897 and on 10 May was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.