Remembering Israel’s First Female Lawyer, 90 Years On – an article by Prof. Ruth Halperin Kaddari and Dr. Eyal Katvan

For eight years, Rosa Ginzberg had battled the authorities of British Mandatory Palestine for the right to sit for the bar examination and to practice law in pre-state Israel. On February 15, 1930 the High Court of Justice delivered its ruling – the justices chose realism over formalism, focusing on the issues of the status and the rights of women, which they projected on to a seemingly formal question: Were women included in the definition of “persons”? Justice Khayat concluded the ruling, writing: “There is nothing that restricts the profession to men. Moreover, the current situation in the country does not prevent women from serving as lawyers.” Read more.

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