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Hennock, Frieda Barkin (27 September 1904–20 June 1960), attorney and federal official, was born in Kovel, Poland (now Ukraine), the daughter of Boris Hennock, a banker and real estate broker, and Sarah Barkin. In 1910 the family moved to the United States, settling in New York City. Hennock graduated from Morris High School in the Bronx and then enrolled in Brooklyn Law School, receiving her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1924. In 1926 she was admitted to the New York bar....

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Howorth, Lucy (01 July 1895–23 August 1997), lawyer, politician, and feminist activist, was born Lucy Somerville in Greenville, Mississippi, the youngest of four children and second daughter of Robert and Nellie Nugent Somerville. Many of her forefathers were legislators, lawyers, or judges. Her female ancestors were known as women of strong character who were well respected in their communities. Through homeschooling and example, Nellie Somerville passed on to her youngest child a love for learning and a concern for contemporary social issues. Nellie, a college graduate, advocated temperance and was president of the Mississippi Woman Suffrage Association. She was also a devout Methodist, a perspective never accepted by Lucy. Nellie began taking Lucy to community meetings, including suffrage rallies, before her first birthday. When she was older Lucy helped at suffrage conventions and met national women’s rights leaders including Dr. ...

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Barbara Jordan. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-88189).

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Jordan, Barbara (21 February 1936–17 January 1996), lawyer, politician, and university professor, was born Barbara Charline Jordan in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Benjamin M. Jordan and Arlyne Patten Jordan. Her father, a graduate of the Tuskegee Institute, was a warehouse employee until 1949 when he became a minister at Houston's Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, in which his father's family had long been active. Arlyne Jordan also became a frequent speaker at the church. The Jordans were always poor, and for many years Barbara and her two older sisters shared a bed, but their lives improved somewhat after their father became a minister. Barbara attended local segregated public schools and received good grades with little effort. She gave scant thought to her future, beyond forming a vague desire to become a pharmacist, until her senior year at Phillis Wheatley High School, when a black female lawyer spoke at the school's career day assembly. Already a proficient orator who had won several competitions, she decided to put that skill to use as an attorney....

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Mankin, Helen Douglas (11 September 1894–25 July 1956), lawyer and legislator, was born Helen Douglas in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Hamilton Douglas and Corinne Williams, lawyers and educators. Mankin’s parents had earned law degrees together at the University of Michigan and then moved to Atlanta, where Mankin’s father practiced law and helped found Atlanta Law School. Denied admission to the Georgia bar because of her sex, Corinne Douglas became a teacher and a pioneer in the education of women....

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Willebrandt, Mabel Walker (23 May 1889–06 April 1963), lawyer and assistant attorney general of the United States, was born in Woodsdale, Kansas, the only child of Myrtle Eaton and David William Walker, homesteaders and teachers. She spent her early years in prairie towns in Oklahoma and Missouri. In 1902 the family settled in Kansas City, Missouri, so that Mabel, who had been educated at home, could receive formal schooling. She entered Park College and Academy in 1906. Expelled the next spring for arguing with the president over the doctrine of the virgin birth, she joined her parents in Buckley, Michigan, where her father had opened a bank. She taught for two and a half years, then married Arthur Willebrandt, the high school principal, in 1910. In 1911, after moving to Tempe, Arizona, for Arthur’s health, Willebrandt earned a diploma from the State Normal School....