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Rosalie Loew Whitney

(1873–1939) Rosalie was a lawyer, judge, government official, and suffragist. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 1895. In 1896, she was the first woman lawyer to try a case before the New York Supreme Court.

Rosalie and her father were partners in a law firm, Loew and Loew, before she took a position with the Legal Aid Society in 1897. "It is an error to suppose that woman cannot look at things in a large way," she commented in an 1896 newspaper profile. "There is nothing in the mental bias of a woman to prevent her having a comprehensive knowledge of any of the affairs of life, no matter how great."

She used her language skills (fluency in Hungarian, Yiddish, and German) to represent and interpret for immigrant workers, in cases involving labor violations, predatory loans, and fraud. In 1903, she was rejected for membership in the Bar Association of the City of New York, on the basis of her gender

She was active in the women's suffrage movement in New York City, as a member of the Brooklyn Woman’s Suffrage Party and as New York congressional chair of the Woman’s Federal Equality Association. Rosalie represented Brooklyn at the National Suffrage Convention in Washington in 1917; and she spoke on behalf of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in a Congressional hearing in 1918. Additionally, she helped to found the National Women's Republican Club. In 1918 she attended the Republican National Committee meeting in St. Louis, working for the party's public support for the 19th Amendment.

Rosalie was in the first group of twelve women admitted to the Bar Association of the City of New York, in 1937; by that time, she had a long career in the law, and had already served two years as Justice on the Court of Domestic Relations in New York.


Green-Wood Cemetery

Section 129, Lot 37356

500 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11232-1317

Kings County

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