In 1961, before modern civil rights legislation, women were generally regarded as undesirable candidates for law studies. Firms believed women couldn't keep up and belonged at home. Nonetheless, forty-eight women applied to Harvard Law that year, twenty-two were accepted, and fifteen graduated in a class of five hundred and ten. The skills these women learned at Harvard propelled them to some of the most prominent careers of their generation, without sacrificing their more traditional female roles. Author Judith Richards Hope illuminates the extraordinary trajectories of women from the class of 1964 who have remained lifelong friends. They were the original "old girl network" - among them Pat Schroeder, Judith Wilson Rogers, and Hope herself - and their trailblazing achievements have paved the way for the women of subsequent generations. Through compelling and often witty anecdotes, unprecedented archival research of Harvard records, and revealing testaments to the difficulties faced by women harboring serious career goals, Pinstripes and Pearls personifies in these women the emergence of a new type of American female - one whose "goal is to reach the destination, not just to avoid humiliation on the way."
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