Emilie M.Bullowa

As a lawyer and activist, Emilie M. Bullowa devoted her life to justice for the disenfranchised, arguing, “Our democracy doesn’t work if the people who can’t afford … legal aid can’t get justice.” Orphaned by age twenty, Bullowa postponed her law career to raise her ten younger siblings, finally graduating NYU Law School in 1900 and opening a private practice with her brother Ferdinand. Bullowa was elected president of the Women Lawyers Association of New York City in 1916, making it a national organization in 1922. She also chaired various committees for the American Bar Association and from 1921 until her death served as president of the New York Medical College and Hospital for Women. Her early losses sensitized her to those in need—after WWI, she donated a chateau to French War Relief and adopted French war orphans, and during WWII, she donated a mobile kitchen to the British War Relief Society in New York and adopted several British war orphans. In 1941 she donated 2,000 law books to the Legal Aid Society, and left the Society $25,000 in her will.

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New York, NY
United States

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