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05.10.2020

She was born on March 15, 1933 in New York. On June 27, 1950, she graduated as Valedictorian from her High School but was unable to attend and give commencement address because of the death of her mother just two days earlier. In 1954 she graduated from Cornell University and spent the next two years with her husband, one year her senior, who had been called to military service. In 1956 she entered Harvard Law School as one of the only nine women in a class of 552. Harvard Law School had not admitted women students until 1950 and in 1956 still did not look favorably upon female students. So much so that Dean Erwin Griswold in a reception for new students asked each woman student why she occupied a slot that would otherwise have gone to a man. Her husband, also a student at Harvard Law School, graduated a year earlier and took up a position at a law firm in New York. Wanting to join her husband in New York, she applied to Harvard for permission to complete her third year at Columbia University. Her request was denied despite having the practice of granting such permission to male students. Had her request been granted, she would have graduated from Harvard instead of Columbia. At Columbia Law School, she was one of twelve women and in May 1959, she graduated from Columbia tied for first position in the class. Many years later in 1971, Harvard finally thought her worthy of a degree and Dean Albert Sacks offered her a Harvard degree if she renounced her Columbia degree. She replied “I hold only one earned degree.” And “It is........

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