Fordham Law; women and the law


As we reflect back on 100 Years of Women at Fordham Law School, we have much to celebrate. In contrast to the eight women who joined 312 men at the Law School in 1918—or 2.6 percent of the class—women have constituted approximately 50 percent of our matriculants for decades. Life for women at the Law School has come a long way in more than just numbers. For example, in 1932, the Law School recorded the first known practice of “Ladies’ Day,” a day on which some professors would call on women, who otherwise were expected to be silent in their classes. In this context, one can only imagine the experience of Mildred Fischer, the first woman to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham Law Review, in 1936. We have come a long way and, thankfully, it is no longer unusual to see a woman voted Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and our other scholarly journals. Women also have rightly claimed their place at the head of the Student Bar Association and countless student organizations. From the very start, however, women have succeeded as scholars and advocates at the Law School and in their careers. It is in this context that I express my gratitude to the Fordham Law Review Online for creating this space for women—faculty, alumnae, and students— to share their scholarship. Delightfully, there is no umbrella theme or limitation on the scope of their contributions; rather, they have followed their own intellectual curiosity and passions to create this terrific collection of Essays. The short precis that follow are designed to lure the reader to discover more about their keen ideas and brilliant minds.