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Six women in Harvard classroom

A Woman’s Place

Fifty years after the first women graduated from Harvard Law School, alumnae come together to look back at the progress and ahead to the possibilities.

Nifty Fifty

There's nothing noteworthy about being a female student at Harvard Law School today: About half of the students are women.
One woman in a class full of men

When I’m ’64

In her new book, Judith Richards Hope details the struggles and successes of the women classmates who "took the place of a man."
Martha Field at chalkboard

A Class Unto Themselves

For many years after HLS began admitting women, male faculty still predominated. That's changed, and women faculty members talk about what their presence has meant for the school and for themselves.

Inside HLS

  • Brett Dakin '03

    Our Man in Laos

    When Brett Dakin '03 was living in Laos, he sneaked into a performance not meant for foreigners, commemorating the founding of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.

  • Illustration of stone man carrying giant book

    Tough Books

    No one puffed on a Gauloises or sipped red wine, but people in the room had things to say about Kant.

  • Two East Indian Birds

    Moving Beauty

    This year two exhibits of art collected by Harvard Law School alumni are on the move. "Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection" toured London and Paris and is on display at Harvard's Fogg Art Museum through July 6.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio holding up papers, pretending to be a lawyer

    The Great Pretender

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Harvard Law School should be honored. For when Frank Abagnale decided to be a lawyer--in addition to an airline pilot, doctor and professor--he knew exactly which degree would open the door.

  • Illustration of electronics in a strainer

    Through a Filter, Darkly

    Last year the Berkman Center for Internet & Society launched a project to determine the level and quality of Web filtering in nations around the globe-starting with Saudi Arabia and China, believed to be among the most restrictive blocking regimes in the world.

Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

  • Melissa Lumberg Zagon and her daughter

    Breathing Lessons

    Hannah Zagon knows her mommy now gets tired easily because of the ouchies in her head and lungs called cancer.

  • Dean Blackwood with records

    Aural Fixation

    Rest assured, Dean Blackwood '95 is not demanding a 45-foot trailer filled with cardamom incense sticks and candy bowls with all the green M&M's removed.

  • Illustration of stethoscope on women's bathroom door

    We Are Where We Excrete

    The urinal is the political. So are the toilet and the condom dispenser and the diaper changing station and everything else commonly found in men's and women's rooms (and even the fact that there are men's and women's rooms).

  • Marlene Evans Putnam with her portrait of Soia Mentschikoff

    An Essay by Harold Putnam ’50-’51: The Woman in the Picture

    The year 1989 wound down with the law school being painfully reminded that its portrait collection was still conspicuously all male.

  • Gustave and Rita Hauser on stairs

    A Conversation with Gustave and Rita Hauser

    Gustave M. Hauser '53 met his future wife, Rita E. Hauser '58, at HLS when he was a teaching fellow and she a 1L.

Lady in Waiting

A lone woman joins a line of men in Langdell Hall to register for the start of the 1954-55 school year.