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This book is in very good clean condition. Very small light mark on bottom of bottom outer leaves. Lovely book.



"IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ETHEL BENJAMIN tells the inspiring story of New Zealand's first woman lawyer. The book solves some of the mysteries of Ethel's life and work: how many brothers and sisters did she have? Where did the family live? Why did she, as a "first wave" feminist, act for hoteliers when many of the women's movement supported the prohibitionists? It shows some of the obstacles Ethel encountered to becoming a lawyer in the late nineteenth century all-male conservative legal profession.

The book portrays Ethel's determination, hard work, mental ability and "can do" attitude and challenges the idea that Ethel was ultimately not successful in her chosen career. The epilogue compares Ethel's story with that of some of her less well-known but notable successors in the mid twentieth century (Marion Thomson and Margaret McKay), and some of her famous successors (Dame Silvia Cartwright, Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas and Judith Medlicott). This is a book about how New Zealand women overcame obstacles to practice in the legal profession, once the sole preserve of men, some soaring through the "glass ceiling" to high positions in public life."
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