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The First Women To Hold Law Professorships

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Having a woman sit on the federal Supreme Court is no longer a big deal. But decades passed between the first time a woman was considered and one was actually chosen for the court.

Now consider all the other people who had to help: women who were the first women in their law schools, women who became the first teachers in law schools. That last category is the focus of Paving the Way: The First American Women Law Professors.

Herma Hill Kay was only the 15th woman hired for a tenure-track teaching position at an ABA- or AALS-accredited law school in the country; she began the book on the previous 14 that Patricia Cain completed after Kay's death. Patricia Cain is our guest.

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