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Cornelia SorabjiIndia's Pioneering Woman Lawyer$
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Suparna Gooptu

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678345.001.0001

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At the Calcutta High Court

At the Calcutta High Court

(p.131) At the Calcutta High Court
Cornelia Sorabji

Suparna Gooptu

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by considering Cornelia Sorabji as she fights male bias in the legal profession. She became a victim of the reluctance of the Calcutta Bar to enlarge its membership, though in theory, it was a time when the Bar, hitherto based on the exclusive privileges of a few, was undergoing a crucial transformation. Her determination to undo the predominant gender discrimination in society and pave the way for the next generation of women, for a new professional life, encouraged her to keep her spirits high even in her most despondent moments. In the profession, Cornelia also had to fight the ‘old boys' network’ among British and Indian men, which largely determined success in the legal profession. Moreover, the issue of professional morality is explained. Furthermore, her sources of emotional sustenance in professional life are shown.

Keywords:   Cornelia Sorabji, Calcutta High Court, male bias, gender discrimination, old boys' network, professional morality

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