Roaring Through the Ages: The Emancipation of Women in the Law, 1976-2016

On March 16, 2017, join us to hear a vivacious presentation by Carol Ball as she reflects on her storied career as a lawyer in private practice, assistant district attorney and Superior Court judge, and on the changing nature of women in the field of law.

 Educated during the flowering of the women’s liberation movement, Carol entered law school at a time when only 20% of law school enrollees were women. By the time she graduated, Carol’s career exploded by riding the wave of the nation’s growing interest in promoting women in the field. Upon her appointment to the Superior Court in 1996, only 19 of the 80 judges were women; at her retirement, still only 26 of the 80 were women.

Despite her fair share of gender discrimination stories, Carol became a trailblazer prosecuting murder cases as an assistant district attorney, forging networks with other lawyers and politicians, embarking in private practice for over a decade, and then serving as a Superior Court judge for twenty years, during which time she presided over every type of case: medical malpractice, employment discrimination, products liability, rape, armed robbery, murder.

Following the dynamic presentation, please join us for a reception and community conversation with Carol and Victoria McKay, Executive Director of the Nichols House Museum, as the two women lead a discussion on the similarity of issues and concepts of the two major women’s rights movements of the 20th century. Only 50 years separated the Nichols women and Carol Ball’s generation. Weigh in on the state of women’s rights today and contemplate the paths of our Boston predecessors.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Old North Church & Historic Site
193 Salem Street

For tickets visit here.

Co-sponsored by The Nichols House Museum

The event is the second of a 3-part series in partnership with The Nichols House Museum for Women’s History Month.

Upcoming 3rd Event:
Wild Women of Boston Chocolate & Wine Paring
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:00pm