Myra Bradwell was a tireless worker on behalf of legal reform and women's rights in Illinois and the nation. She believed that women's lives should not be restricted by prevailing social norms. She also believed that her legal colleagues should conduct themselves with honor and integrity. Throughout her life she devoted great energy and devotion to her causes--fighting for an end to slavery and racial discrimination, greater equality and opportunity for women, and reforms related to the legal profession.
Susan Gluck Mezey, "Bradwell, Myra Colby," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/11/11-00095.html.