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Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Cornelia Sorabji, India's First Woman Advocate

Team SoOLEGAL 15 Nov 2017 3:08pm

Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Cornelia Sorabji, India's First Woman Advocate

Cornelia Sorabji was the first ever female graduate from Bombay University and went on to become the first woman to study law at the esteemed Oxford University. Her education at Oxford also meant another 'first' was set - she became the first Indian national to study at any British university.

Google Doodle today paid tribute to Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman to practice law in the country, on the occasion of her 151st birth anniversary.

Born on November 15, 1866 in Nashik, Sorabji was a pioneer who helped open up higher education as well as the legal profession to women. She was the first woman permitted to attend Bombay University, where she excelled. She then went on to become the first Indian woman to study law at Oxford University in 1892.

Her career in law was not free from trials and tribulations. She was barred from practising her profession in both Britain and India. Even after clearing the law examination in Allahabad High Court in 1899, she was not acknowledged as a barrister. But Sorabji was not one to quit without a fight.

She became a legal advisor to the colonial government in India and took up the cause of purdanashins, women who spent their lives behind the veil, forbidden to interact with men outside their families. [Source TOI]

Tagged: Cornelia Sorabji   Law    Female graduate   Bombay University   Google Doodle   Legal profession   Oxford University  
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