Ruth Kern


Pauline Dow


Women Attorneys of El Paso

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Attorney, El Paso

Summary of Interview

College years in Chicago, her move to Texas in 1946 and the problems encountered trying to find a job as a lawyer. She started her family law practice in 1967 and explains why she has more female clients than male. She recounts how her membership in the all-male El Paso Bar Association depended on her agreeing not to attend the annual dinner meeting where off-color skits were traditional. She tells about her political career, discrimination against women attorneys, and the founding of the Women's Ba r .

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

45 minutes

Tape Number

No. 739

Transcript Number

No. 739

Length of Transcript

30 pages

Interview Number

No. 739

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