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Cornelia Sorabji: India's Pioneering Woman Lawyer

Suparna Gooptu


This book presents the biography of Cornelia Sorabji (1866–1954), the first woman to study law at Oxford. A Parsee and daughter of a converted Christian, Cornelia was among the early Indian women to practice at the Calcutta High Court. Appointed to a senior office under the British Indian government, she championed the cause of opening up the legal profession to women much before they were formally allowed to plead before the courts of law. Her story as a pioneer remains largely untold till date. Characterized by conservatism, individualism, and feelings against Indian nationalism, Cornelia wa ... More

Keywords: Cornelia Sorabji, biography, Oxford, British Indian Government, Calcutta High Court, conservatism, individualism, Indian nationalism, India, purdahnashins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195678345
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Suparna Gooptu, author
Reader, Department of History, University of Calcutta