In 1870, Myra Bradwell was the first woman to argue in court for her right to become a lawyer, she was denied by the Illinois Supreme Court, despite having passed the Bar in that state. The United States Supreme Court heard the case and upheld the Illinois Court’s decision, saying that she was unfit to practice law based on her sex. Despite initially being denied the right to practice as a lawyer, the fact that she educated herself in the law and passed the Bar meant she broke important barriers. Back in the 1800’s, women rarely got education past elementary school. Bradwell was eventually given a license to practice law, towards the end of her life. However, her license was munc pro tunc, which is latin for “now for then” *. This basically meant that Bradwell was given a license to practice law, but it was not true for women in general. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that most states allowed women to practice law and even when it became legal for women to practice law they were strongly discriminated against. Most women weren’t hired, (like RBG), or faced a hostile workplace. Sarah Grimke couldn’t become a lawyer either, and she was denied access to the education which Bradwell was able to get. Grimke was educated enough though to write and speak out for the Abolition of Slavery and Women’s Rights, and she lived at the same time as Myra Bradwell, so they both broke barriers this way. Ruth Bader Ginsberg carried on their fight, and not only got the education and license to be a lawyer, she went on to become a Judge and a Supreme Court Justice. People like Myra Bradwell and Sarah Grimke are left out of the History Books, however thanks to women like RBG and others who work for women’s equality, their efforts have made a difference and won’t be forgotten.