Evangelyn Barsky

One of the first two women allowed to pass the bar in Delaware, Evangelyn Barsky made a great impact on her community in her brief career. Barsky served in the women’s motor car corps as an ambulance driver during WWI before earning a master’s in 1918 and a law degree in 1922 from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught school and campaigned for women’s rights and on behalf of Republican candidates. In 1923, when Delaware finally added a new section to the state constitution allowing women to hold public office and practice law, Evangelyn Barsky and Sybil Ward applied for admission to practice and were both admitted to the bar. Barsky ran a law firm with her brother for over a decade before she was appointed assistant city solicitor in 1935. The following year, the entire city mourned when a car crash claimed her life—flags were flown at half-mast and hundreds of people attended her funeral.

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Wilmington, DE
United States

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